El español mas alto de todos los tiempos nació en Extremadura en 1826 y medía 2,35 m

La otra tarde en el programa “¿Quién quiere ser Millonario?” una de las preguntas era sobre la estatura exacta del que fue llamado “Gigante de Extremadura”. Recuerdo que hace ya unos años había visto un documental en el que hablaban de este personaje, pero no sé porque pero la había dejado en el semi olvido. Me he puesto a buscar por la red y esto es lo más interesante que he encontrado sobre él:

Se llamaba Agustín Luengo Capilla y nació en Puebla de Alcocer el año 1826 en la calle Colón número 10Fue conocido con el sobrenombre de El Gigante Extremeño y probablemente fue el español mas alto de todos los tiempos. Su talla era de 2 metros y 35 cm.

De su infancia se sabe que fue un niño enfermizo y durante su juventud trabajó en un circo como atracción, exhibiendo sus descomunales manos, capaces de ocultar un pan de 1 Kg y sostener una cuartilla de grano o aceitunas. Al ser la casa de sus padres de reducidas dimensiones tuvieron que hacer agujeros en las paredes para poder sujetar las tablas de la cama donde descansaba

Por aquella época se estaba montando el Museo Antropológico de Atocha en la capital de España, dirigido por el doctor D. Pedro González Velasco, catedrático de Anatomía de la Universidad San Carlos de Madrid. Enterado de la existencia del gigante, se puso en contacto con él, comprándole su cadáver a cambio de una renta diaria de 2,50 Ptas. mientras viviera. Una vez fallecido, su cadáver pasaría al Museo Antropológico, donde se conserva su esqueleto hasta la fecha actual

Sometido a reconocimiento médico se comprobó que padecía una tuberculosis ósea en estado muy avanzado, muriendo a la corta edad de 28 años. Se cuenta que no tuvo una vida muy acorde con la enfermedad que padecía y advertido por el doctor le contestó: no se preocupe Vd., cuanto antes muera yo, antes cobrará Vd. y menos gravoso seré a su bolsillo.

Descendientes suyos conservan algunos objetos como un lienzo con su imagen y un descomunal par de botas que le regaló el rey Alfonso XII, algunos calcetines y un gorro de terciopelo carmesí. Algunos de estos objetos se exhiben en el Museo Etnográfico de Puebla de Alcocer

(Fuentes: la coctelera)


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    hace unos 6 años fallecio jaime un hombre de un pueblecito de castellon
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