At-laga! Vikings descend on coastal Galician town in spectacular reenactment

Scores of fearsome Viking enthusiasts stormed the banks of the Galician town of Catoira on Sunday, as part of the «Romeria Vikinga» festival, a spectacular reenactment of the Viking invasions that occurred in the 11th century. Actors playing the role of Norsemen arrived on board of ships resembling Viking vessels, clad in fake animal skins and wearing horned helmets. After they jumped off the... Еще boats into the water, they marched through the onlookers, reaching the ruins of the «Towers of the West» and reenacting the raid of the fort. Based on an 11th century attack on the village by a Viking tribe, participants of the reenactment use a replica Viking boat to simulate the raid. The festival has taken place on every first Sunday of August since 1960 and attracts thousands of people every year.

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