Tropaeum Traiani to be rehabilitated on EU funds

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County Council of Constanta (southeast) hosted the launch of the Order of the beginning of the rehabilitation works at the Tropaeum Traiani triumphal monument in Adamclisi, Constanta County.

The project is achieved through the Regional Operational Programme. Works are scheduled to be finished, and the Tropaeum Traiani triumphal monument fully rehabilitated and upgraded, in Aug 2013, says project manager Elena Vornicu.

‘Access roads linking the monument, the stronghold and the archeological museum and national road will be enlarged and upgraded, an info center, two decorative lighting network, two parking and sanitary groups for visitors will become operational, and the public lighting network will be rehabilitated as well, and last but not least the architecture of the triumphal monument will be refurbished, and the seriously harmed parts will be replaced, and experts and stone carvers will clean and preserve the sculptures and the friezes. The project’s subsidiary goal is the sustainable capitalization of the country’s cultural heritage and implicitly to increase the number of visitors,’ said Vornicu.

Tropaeum Traiani triumphal monument in Adamclisi was erected to the glory of Emperor Traian (106 – 109) and the victory of the Roman Army vs. the alliance of the Getts, the Dacians and the Sarmatians, in 102, and historians think it is the stone-carved birth certificate of the Romanian people.

The triumphal monument was 38 meters high, had a cylindrical core, whose diameter was 31 meters long. Its basis is surrounded by a circular platform numbering seven stone steps. Above the steps there used to be 54 stone metopes, but only 49 of them are still there and show battle scenes, nowadays.

Above the core, there is a truncated cone shaped roof plated in stone scales and a six meter high hexagonal socle supporting the trophy, a trunk in a classical Roman armour and the weapons and there are weapons and prisoners carved in stone, at its feet. The hexagonal socle had an inscription reading that Emperor and Caesar Nerva Traian Augustus who defeated the Germans and the Dacians devoted the monument to God Mars the Revengeful, He was the son of the Divine Great Priest Nerva, a tribune 13 times, Emperor six times, Consul and Father of the Country, for five times.

A Mausoleum erected to the memory of a Roman Officer stands in the Monument’s vicinity. It was archeologist Grigore Tocilescu who discovered the mausoleum, in 1897 under a heap of clay and closely near the Altar that Emperor Traian ordered to be built to the memory of the Roman soldiers who fell during the battle.

The whole archeological assembly was first restored over 1974-1977.

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