Groups Reach for New Heights in Spain’s Human Tower Competition

Groups of people in Spain participated in the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona this year, a tradition of building human towers, called castells, that dates back to the 18th century.

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Members of "Vella de Xiquets de Valls" form their human tower during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 2, 2016.
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Members of the "Castellers de Villafranca" try to complete their human tower on Oct. 2, 2016.
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Members of Xiquets de Hangzou celebrate after completing their human tower, during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Members of "Vella de Xiquets de Valls" fall as they try to complete their human tower during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 2, 2016.
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Xiaotong Feng, 24, from China, reacts as she looks at members of Xiquets de Hangzou trying to complete their human tower, during the Human Tower Competition, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Members of "Capgrossos de Mataro" try to complete their human tower, Oct. 2, 2016.
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Members of Xiquets de Hangzou look at other castellers, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Members of "Vella de Xiquets de Valls" try to complete their human tower during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, Oct. 2, 2016.
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Members of the "Castellers de Villafranca" react after completing their human tower on Oct. 2, 2016. In 2010 castells were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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Members of "Vella de Xiquets de Valls" try to complete their human tower, Oct. 2, 2016.
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Antoni Guasch, 66, pauses before taking part in an human tower in Tarragona, Spain, Oct. 1, 2016. A castell is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart.
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Members of the "Castellers de Villafranca" get into position to form their human tower during the 26th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 2, 2016.
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