The works that will make Entretorres visitable begin

The archaeological site of Entretorres is already facing the works that will transform this space into an area that can be visited by citizens. This will be possible once the fence project and enhancement of the archaeological remains of this sector of the wall, entrusted to the joint venture formed by Antolín García Lozoya SA and Kerkide SL, have been completed.

As indicated in the contract, this action aims to improve the understanding of this monument as a whole and to give it the protection and importance it deserves, avoiding the abandonment of any of its parts. The project has two objectives: on the one hand, the consolidation of the current existing elements already excavated at the time, which are made up of the remains of low-volume wall panels and the barbican outside the fortified enclosure.

On the other hand, measures will be taken to raise the sections of the wall, at specific points in order to recreate, although with little height, the volume they once had and to recreate sections that do not currently exist. , but which are identified in their layout, so that all the panels have linear continuity, and which will give rise to subsequent actions of the same type as the current one.

Thus, in this intervention, the non-typical elements of the wall and barbican sections will be removed, as well as the visual recovery of some archaeological remains, with the elevation of the wall sections and the continuation of the barbican. In the same way, the creation of an interior tourist and cultural route is proposed, of a restricted nature, between San Clemente streets and Real Fábrica de Sedas avenue.

As the councilor for heritage, Sergio de la Llave, told La Tribuna, work on the Entretorres site has begun with the previous works and the removal of some witnesses of earth by mechanical means with monitoring and control archaeological. Likewise, the restoration team is currently carrying out the first biocide treatments to eliminate the vegetation and organic elements present in the archaeological structures.

De la Llave pointed out that the purpose of this action is the recovery of a sector of the site and not only with the aim of making it accessible but also visitable. Concretely, it is a question of “recovering the interior walkway, that is to say the space between the wall and the layout of the barbican” and that it can be visited.

This new intervention adds to the actions already carried out and to the general strategy of the Department concerning the reconquest of the fortified space of the city and others will be added to it in the future.

The current intervention is carried out according to the guidelines of the master plan of the wall, in an advanced process of preparation, as is also the case for the actions in the El Salvador and Charcón sections. In fact, it is expected that the route between the section of El Salvador and Entretorres “will have a thread of continuity” with Entretorres.

Unlike the previous ones, in Entretorres “the wall cannot be rebuilt in the dimensions and volume that El Salvador and Charcón have due to its conservation”, although it will “take advantage of the route of the lower walkway” . In this sense, the head of Heritage pointed out that a pedestrian promenade has been planned with a dirt sidewalk through which visits can be made, initially, arranged, to know the site from the inside.

Excavations. At the moment, some areas of the site are being excavated and it is planned to uncover a new section of barbican for its enhancement. However, other sectors will remain reserved “because it is not essential from a visitor’s point of view”, but rather “its value is more scientific”. For this reason, and given that its conservation is better underground, it will remain so “for the archeology of the future”.

The current phase will wrap up at the end of this year, by which time work is expected to finish and concerted site visits can begin.

“An important part” of the southern sector of Entretorres will still be pending, the closest to Real Fábrica de Sedas Avenue, “much more complex from a technical point of view” and “which will have to be addressed in future campaigns and in future measures”.

Even so, with the works in progress, “a fairly important step has been taken” after closing the perimeter of the enclosure, with the conditioning of the urban landscape, and “that people can enjoy Entretorres, be able to access and be capable of understanding some of these archaeological remains, of interpreting them”.


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