Castell

João Figueiredo

Värnamo, Sweden

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This is a very frequent monument in Catalunya and therefore not hard to find. It represents an unique part of the Catalonian culture and one of their symbols as Catalonians and not Spanish.

The name is Castell and it consists in doing exactly what you can see in the photo: An human tower!

Unfortunately the monument is only accurate in the shape of the tower and in the way it is done, because if it would be 100% accurate there would probably be no space or budget to build such a big monument, due to the many hundreds, or even maybe (in the biggest cities perhaps??) some thousands of people that gather around and do many human towers.

The Castell (Castle in Catalan) is such a big happening that the regional tv channels (tv’s that transmit only inside of the Catalaunya region have about 10 milion viwers) and radios cover it the whole time during the Summer season.

The Castells are not exclusive of the Spannish region of Catalunya due to it is an artificial region built by the central government in Madrid. Instead they are original from the old kingdom of Aragon (where Catalunya was the main part) that includes as well the Valencia region and the Balearic islands.

On November 16, 2010, Castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Tarragona – Catalunya

17-05-2009

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