Walking pillar -human tower- Tarragona

“Walking Pillar” -Santa Tecla Festival-, Tarragona

A walking pillar is a kind of ‘Castell’ (Human Tower) formed by one person per level. The main feature here is that the ‘castellers’ don´t keep standing still, but they walk and even go up and down stairs.

It has been on these days at Tarragona, on Santa Tecla Feast (September 24th), that I have seen such singular human towers, unknown for me up to the time. Consequently, I have decided to dedicate a small post to write about it.

Walking Pillar going down the stairs of the cathedral
Walking Pillar going down the stairs of the cathedral

 

The “Baixada dels Pilars” (Descent of the Pillars) is an example of these walking pillars. Each castellers’ team builds two towers, but only one of them will be the walking pillar. It has to ‘climb’down the twenty steps of the Cathedral and then walk down the Major street trying to get the City Council; what it is not always achievable, as you might imagine.

I would like to point out that ‘Els Castells’, with more than two Centuries of tradition, are among the Unesco Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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