The fronton wall in Spanish Villages
Fronton is a simple handball game, where either single or double opponents try to outplay each other by hitting a small rubber ball with their hands against a wall.
Fronton walls can be found in many villages all over Spain typically is situated in the main square, serving as the natural gathering spot for the villagers.
In many places, the exterior of the church mural served as a fronton wall.
What once was a space for social gathering and frantic fronton competitions has in many villages become empty wall.
The challenging living conditions of the isolated villages of Spain contributed to rural depopulation as people
sought better jobs opportunities in the cities.
While the current generation remains connected to their roots, spending summer breaks in their villages and organising fronton matches insisting on maintaining and restoring it, the glorious days of the fronton walls seem to have passed.
That remains in the Spanish hinterland are empty or sparsely populated villages where century-old walls serve as reminders of a vibrant past and a fading cultural identity.
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