The Torre de los Escipiones will be restored at the beginning of 2023
The Torre de los Escipiones de Tarragona will be restored at the beginning of 2023. The monument, located on the N-340 road that connects Tarragona with Altafulla, suffered several damages when it was struck by lightning during the forceful storm of last April 20. As confirmed by the director of the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona (MNAT), Mónica Borrell, the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage of Catalonia and the MNAT itself are currently drafting the repair and consolidation projects for the Tarragona Roman monument, with the intention that they be executed in the first bars of the next year.
Today, however, the tower is stabilized and without any problem that compromises its stability. But that storm raged. A bolt of lightning struck precisely the front façade of the monument, creating a fissure of considerable dimensions. Borrell recalls, despite everything, that the crack occurred in a part that had already been restored a few years ago, so it did not damage old structures. Likewise, the event also caused some of the upper ashlars of the tower to move.
In this sense, Borrell recalls that in the first emergency action that was carried out to guarantee the stability of the structure, the technicians decided to remove one of these ashlars that had moved due to the real risk of it falling.
The director of the MNAT insists that work is being done on the repair and conservation projects and that until they are finished it will not be possible to know in detail what specific actions will be carried out or other issues such as the economic cost of the restoration or the date exact end of work.
20 centuries of history
The Torre dels Escipions, currently managed by the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona (MNAT), is a funerary monument built in the 1st century AD. C. next to the Via Augusta. The construction is made with ashlars from a nearby quarry and is structured in three bodies, although it could have been finished off with a pyramidal roof. The reliefs of two representations of Attis stand out, a divinity of Eastern origin, protector of the deceased, who had been confused by the representation of the Scipio brothers, who gave him his name.
The monument, declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, has been the subject of various cleaning, consolidation and restoration interventions, as well as adaptation and signage for its visit.