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A cultural phenomenon of human towers

It started at the 18th century in Tarragona, when rival groups of people calles “colles” , began to complete in constructing different kinds of human towers .
3 are the parts of a human castle: the trunk, the pom and the crown. The last person on the top is always a child, named “Anxaneta”
Either for a tourist or for a local, this is a unique experience to be seen and felt. The music tunes “toc de castell” sounds when the castle starts to raise up, and then everybody is expecting the human castle not to fall. Emotion is on everybody’s eyes.
Traditionally, castle performances have always taken place as one of the main features of the local holiday festivities. Nowadays castles can be seen on many days during the year, although the season kicks from June to November.

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