Barcelona, a photo a day

Castell



This is a castell, Catalan for castle. It is a typically Catalan tradition, dating back to the end of the 18th century. It is a very small castell, as they can have up to 10 levels, with up to 5 people per level.
The whole thing has even it’s own terminology. Here is what Wiki has to say about it.
The least one can say about it, is that the castellers need an uncommon strength and stamina to achieve such towers. Imagine the guys forming the base, with up to 50 people standing on their shoulders! Amazing! Amazing as well this little girl on the picture scrambling her way up by stepping on everybody else.
A last word about it for now: I read somewhere that they want that tradition to be recognized as a World Heritage. Good!

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10 responses

  1. wow.. impressive..

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    October 1, 2009 at 7:14 am

  2. I would really like to see this!

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    September 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

  3. Very impressive & very similar to our Indian Festival named Govinda.

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    September 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

  4. ten levels. that's mighty impressive.
    Make website india

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    September 23, 2009 at 5:17 am

  5. I saw the pic over at the Wikipedia link. Can you imagine being on the bottom of that thing? There are some strong dudes there. Have you had your Wheaties Rob?

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    September 23, 2009 at 4:41 am

  6. Look at the concentration on their faces. Great catch.

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    September 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

  7. That's an unusual sport for sure! I would not want to be on the first level in the event of a collapse.

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    September 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  8. Love this photo. Great!

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    September 22, 2009 at 9:26 pm

  9. wow. ten levels. that's mighty impressive.

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    September 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm

  10. Looks like a lot of fun as long as nobody falls down! Fun snap!

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    September 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm