Heavy rain – Cologne Cathedral will now be built

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On White Monday, many human towers are built in Cologne Cathedral © 24RHEIN

There is a special work at Cologne Cathedral on White Monday. More than 200 people make up a human tower. The height of the tower is 7 floors.

  • On Christmas Monday the 6th of June, human towers and human pyramids will be built directly in front of Cologne Cathedral. The human towers are seven stories high and up to 5 meters high.
  • After a short break due to bad weather, we continue. Different tower variations are shown.
  • The attraction is organized by the Carnival Association Altstädter Köln, the Catalan Cultural Center Cologne eV and the Cologne-Barcelona eV Association.
  • 24RHEIN LIVE REPORTS

Update from June 6 at 12:37 PM: Cologne’s Old Town, Catalan Cultural Center Colonia EV and League of Colonia Barcelona EV have been waiting for the day for two years – and now it’s raining a lot. The tower builders of the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia of Barcelona and the Castellers de Berlín did not find enough feet on the wet ground.

Cologne Cathedral should help: the cathedral’s large towers will now be built. However, this can only happen after the exhibition. So the tower builders and visitors have to wait until 1 pm. Only then can we continue.

Human tower in front of Cologne Cathedral: 7 storeys high – children climb to the top

Update from June 6 at 12:27 PM: The two clubs give full pedaling and impress the fans. Several variations of the tower have already been shown. The towers are seven stories high. The last three floors were built by children. In fact, the children’s parents are almost always members, because “very few parents allow their children to do something like this”, says the co-organizer from the Cologne-Barcelona Association.

Human tower in front of Cologne Cathedral
On White Monday, many human towers are built in Cologne Cathedral © 24RHEIN

Human tower in front of Cologne Cathedral: the first standing tower

Update from June 6 at 12:10pm: The first tower was successfully built. The human tower has several floors. There is applause from the audience. Although the human scaffolds sway a little while other climbers climb, the builders of the tower support each other. They are supported by musicians. They give a signal when the other floor goes up and when the first floor goes up again.

Two human towers in front of Cologne Cathedral
On White Monday, a human tower will be built in front of Cologne Cathedral © 24RHEIN

Human tower in front of Cologne Cathedral: the attraction continues

Update from June 6 at 12:06 p.m.: It goes on. The builders of the tower come together to build the foundation for the human tower.

Human tower in front of Cologne Cathedral: despite the interruption – “You will definitely build the tower”

Update from June 6, 12:03 PM: The shower is over: the sun is shining again and you must continue immediately. “We will definitely build the tower,” stresses the association Köln-Barcelona eV, which organizes the attraction with residents of the old town and the Catalan cultural centre. “The program will continue as originally planned.”

Human tower right in front of Cologne Cathedral: attraction stops – heavy rain

Update from June 6 11:40 a.m.: The first tower was built. The age of the climber at the top is only five years. But then it’s already over – at least for now. Gravity stops. The rain is very heavy. “We will take a short break and wait for the rain to stop,” says a member of the Castellers de Berlin.

Cologne: human tower in the cathedral – preparations underway

Update from June 6 11:39 a.m.: Here we go: the tower builders who wear blue shirts and wrap a black cloth around their stomachs and backs – this protects their organs and other tower climbers can climb better. By the way, you can do this barefoot and with your own strength. There are no other tools.

The builders of the tower in front of the Cologne Cathedral put their own ribbon.
The builders of the tower prepare © 24RHEIN

Cologne: Human tower in the cathedral – tower builders are coming

Update from June 6 11:36 am: The music started. Come the tower builders – some of them holding the old town flags in hand. Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t quite cooperate. It starts raining in Cologne. People gather together under the umbrella of the Romano-Germanic Museum. But that doesn’t spoil the mood: “We read about it in the papers and we really wanted to be there,” says Christian from Cologne.

Human tower right in front of Cologne Cathedral: ‘It would be a great sight’

Update from June 6 11:29 am: In the meantime, the place became really crowded: curious spectators gathered at Domplatte. Including a mother and son duo from Bergisch-Gladbach: “We were surprised how many people were here,” the mother told 24RHEIN. “But it would be a great sight.” You’ve never seen anything like it live. I found out via Facebook, then arrived with a €9 ticket. “The ticket is worthwhile for something like that!”

Human pyramid in Cologne Cathedral – why and what’s behind the event?

The event is held on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the dedication of the choir of Cologne Cathedral, the 100 years of the Old Town and 3 x 25 years of the Assembly of Cologne-Barcelona, ​​the Catalan Cultural Center of Cologne and Castellers de la Villa de Gracia. “The Catalan human towers, the Rhenish carnival, and the Cologne cathedral represent the connection and exchange between people from the partner cities of Cologne and Barcelona. Mer stonn zesamme” is the motto of the old town residents.

A human tower right in front of Cologne Cathedral: up to 7 stories high

Update from June 6 11:15 a.m.: The Runkaliplatz in front of Cologne Cathedral is slowly filling up. The reason: The Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia of Barcelona and the Castellers de Berlín built human towers and columns several meters high. Up to 200 people stand together, anchoring themselves and making up the basic structure. Then children, youth, and lighter people climb back and make up another floor. In general, the height of the human tower is up to 7 floors – that is, up to 5 meters.

Cologne: The cathedral’s human towers – “They are curious to see what you will look like when you reach full height”

Update from 6 June 11 am: Roncalliplatz square in Cologne Cathedral is slowly filling up. Human constellations are about to be built. “The weather is good, the exercises were good. On Saturday they were already half built. We are happy to see what they will look like when they reach their full height,” Old Town residents rejoice.

Human pyramid right in front of Cologne Cathedral: “The rehearsals went well”

Update from June 6 at 10:45am: In a good half an hour, in addition to the spiers of Cologne Cathedral, more spiers will be added to Roncalliplatz. So far, it’s still calm in Domplatz. However, that is likely to change in the near future.

The Roncalliplatz in Cologne
On White Monday there are human towers at Cologne Cathedral. © 24 Rhein

Because the first inhabitants of the old town have already gathered in front of Cologne Cathedral – and are curious to see if everything will work out. “Yesterday’s rehearsal went well,” said one old town resident, laughing. “The weather has also gone along so far.” However: the weather is a bit windy in Roncalliplatz. But that shouldn’t stop the tower builders

Human pyramid directly in front of Cologne Cathedral: It is 7 stories high

Update from June 6 at 10:45am: At 11:15 AM it’s time and the Catalan human towers are being built. Up to 200 participants are required for the seven-story Human Tower. In general, the height of the human tower reaches 5 meters. Until things did not go well, they received the blessing of Monsignor Robert Klein during the workshop in Gürzenich.

Human pyramid directly in front of Cologne Cathedral: more than 200 participants

Update from June 6 10:15 a.m.: On White Monday, the spiers of Cologne Cathedral are not only the real attraction in Cologne city centre. In the morning there are real human towers as well as those of the cathedral. It was built by the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia of Barcelona and Castellers de Berlin.

The Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia of Barcelona and the Castellers de Berlin built a queue of people
There is a human tower at Cologne Cathedral on Mondays. There was a small queue of people at the press conference © 24RHEIN

The unusual scene is organized by the residents of the old town, the Catalan cultural center Colonia EV and the Association of Colonia-Barcelona EV. The tower is seven floors high. This is up to 5 metres. The human zodiac builders will already be showing off their skills on Saturday – and they will be giving a human column during the press conference.

when? White Monday, June 6, 11:15 a.m.

Human pyramid right in front of Cologne Cathedral – with more than 200 participants

First report from June 3rd: Cologne – Those who walk past Cologne Cathedral on White Monday (June 6) should take time to witness the absolute spectacle. Because on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the Carnival Association Altstädter von 1922 eV, together with the Catalan Cultural Center Cologne eV and the Cologne-Barcelona eV Association, they present an extraordinary spectacle – when they form a human pyramid of more than 200 people right in front of Cologne’s largest landmark. 24RHEIN live reports.

A human pyramid in front of Cologne Cathedral: The human towers have a long tradition in Barcelona

In the Catalan city of Barcelona, ​​these so-called human constellations have a long history. As a “sign of living city twinning” between Cologne and the Spanish cosmopolitan city, you should also be in Cathedral City on White Monday (June 6). It’s supposed to start at 11:15 a.m., before participants in the amazing project are greeted by Mayor Henriette Reker at the historic town hall.

Human pyramid in front of Cologne Cathedral: Old town residents receive help from Barcelona

At a press conference on June 4 (Saturday), the organizers will give information on everything worth knowing about the project, but some things are already known. Old town residents said: “Members of the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia, from Cologne’s partner city of Barcelona, ​​and the Castellers de Berlín – the Catalan Horoscope Association in Berlin travel to Cologne and meet with local civil society.” The main thing is that it is free from dizziness … (mon/spr/jw) Fair and independent information on what’s happening in NRW – sign up for our FREE 24RHEIN newsletter here.

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