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Tarragona Human Tower Competition 2018: In Photos

The tradition of building human towers or "castells" dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where "colles" or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. "Castells" were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

October 08, 2018

Members of the "Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls" complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

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Members of "Castellers de Sants" complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of "Castellers de Sants" complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of the "Colla Vella dels Xiquests de Valls" try to complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of "Castellers de Sants" fall as they try to complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of "Castellers de Sants" complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of the "Colla Joves Xiquets de Valls" try to complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Members of the "Castellers de Villafranca" try to complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

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Members of the "Colla Vella dels Xiquests de Valls" try to complete their human tower during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

A participant reacts as members of the "Nens de Vendrell" try to complete their human tower, during the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

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Attendees hold "esteladas" or independence flags ahead of the 27th Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.

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