Barcelona, a photo a day

castellers

Scala, the ladder

The yearly OXFAM fair today in Barcelona today: stalls selling anything from Tshirts to fairtrade coffee, food, books, workshops, a graffiti school, etc…
And this, these young ‘falcons’, apprentice castellers, showing us what they can do. And they’re very good!

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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!