Concrete towers are easier to build if compared to building a 10-story human tower. In Spain, you can witness one of the most unique competitions; to build human tower. Recently, on Sunday, the 25th Human Tower Competition was held in Tarragona, Spain. The tradition of building human castells dates to the 18th century.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which listed the tradition on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2010, described how the towers are built:
The human towers are formed by castellers standing on the shoulders of one another in a succession of stages (between six and ten). Each level of the tronc, the name given to the second level upwards, generally comprises two to five heavier built men supporting younger, lighter-weight boys or girls. The pom de dalt – the three uppermost levels of the tower – comprises young children. Anyone is welcome to form the pinya, the throng that supports the base of the tower. Each group can be identified by its costume, particularly the color of the shirts, while the cummerbund serves to protect the back and is gripped by castellers as they climb up the tower. Before, during and after the performance, musicians play a variety of traditional melodies on a wind instrument known as a gralla, setting the rhythm to which the tower is built. The knowledge required for raising castells is traditionally passed down from generation to generation within a group, and can only be learned by practice.
Take a look at some of the breathtaking images from this thrilling competition: