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Spain: Human towers reach dizzying heights in honour of Saint Felix02:00

Spain: Human towers reach dizzying heights in honour of Saint Felix

Spain, Vilafranca del Penedes
August 30, 2016 at 14:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

People clambered atop one another to build a series of tottering human towers as residents of Vilafranca del Penedes once again competed in teams to build the tallest structure on Saint Felix Day, Tuesday.

Building a human tower, also called Castells, is a Catalan tradition that dates back to the 18th century. Several amateur teams, or ‘collas’, compete to form the tallest construction, normally in front of the town hall balcony. The human tower can reach a height of 9 levels, with strong men and women forming the base and middle, while young children get up on top.

While the human towers do reach dizzying heights and collapse at times, serious incidents remain an exception. A young girl died in 2006, when she hit her head on her team members after falling off the tower. Another fatal accident occurred in 1983, but prior to that the last recorded death was in the 19th century.

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People clambered atop one another to build a series of tottering human towers as residents of Vilafranca del Penedes once again competed in teams to build the tallest structure on Saint Felix Day, Tuesday.

Building a human tower, also called Castells, is a Catalan tradition that dates back to the 18th century. Several amateur teams, or ‘collas’, compete to form the tallest construction, normally in front of the town hall balcony. The human tower can reach a height of 9 levels, with strong men and women forming the base and middle, while young children get up on top.

While the human towers do reach dizzying heights and collapse at times, serious incidents remain an exception. A young girl died in 2006, when she hit her head on her team members after falling off the tower. Another fatal accident occurred in 1983, but prior to that the last recorded death was in the 19th century.

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