To honor patron saint, people of Barcelona build human towers

By Catholic Review Staff

In Barcelona, Spain, people gather in late September for the festival La Mercè in honor of the city’s patron saint, the Virgin of Mercy. One of the main events of the festival Sept. 24, at Sant Jaume square, is the construction of human towers by people known as castellers. Castell is the Catalonian word for “castle.” Learn more about the precise techniques involved in building the human towers here

Thousands of people gather to watch the performances that date back to the late 1800s.

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