Tarragona, a Catalan town 60 miles south of Barcelona, holds an annual summer festival with a spellbinding and death-defying main attraction: human towers.

Every year, thousands of people head to the town square to watch teams assemble massive towers, called castells, using their own bodies.

A primera ronda, descarreguem el 9d8 #SantMagi2015 #castellers

— Colla Jove Tarragona (@JoveDeTarragona) August 19, 2015

Each tower starts with a base, or pinya, which helps to keep the upper layers steady. It also acts as a safety net — just in case the tower collapses. Read more…

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Catalan town holds death-defying human tower competition