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The turris of Fectio
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Construction of the Roman 'Turris'

By Robert Vermaat


May 16, 2004:
See more of the opening event.
The tower is now ready, and the public is invited to come and take a look.
The tower is now ready, and the public is invited to come and take a look.
The Romans have taken possession of their burgus!
The Romans have taken possession of their turris!
Ready.
Ready.
Finally!
Finally!
April 23, 2004: The tower is ready, but there's action to be taken about the carpark..
The tower is ready, but there's action to be taken about the carpark..
The landing is finished, the tower is ready.
The landing is finished, the tower is ready.
  The tower as seen from the Marsdijk coming from Utrecht, looking east.
The tower as seen from the Marsdijk coming from Utrecht, looking east.
April 17, 2004: The roof is ready! Jeroen and Marrit posing in the usual spot..
The roof is ready! Jeroen and Marrit posing in the usual spot..
With the roof added, the tower immediately looks like the real thing.
With the roof added, the tower immediately looks like the real thing.
Nearly ready now.
Nearly ready now.
Compare to March 1st.
Compare to March 1st.
April 12, 2004: Fectio at the tower, in the distance our shields. We came to make pictures for a book.
Fectio at the tower, in the distance our shields. We came to
make pictures for a book.
Below are Andreas and Jeroen. There's work being done on the roof.
Below are Andreas and Jeroen. There's work being done on the roof.
  The tower can now clearly be seen from afar - this is from the Achterdijk.
The tower can now clearly be seen from afar - this is from the Achterdijk.
March 30, 2004: And another shot in this series. Marrit is posing in front of the signpost.
And another shot in this series. Marrit is posing in front of the signpost.
Just a month to go, and the roof is nearly there.
Just a month to go, and the roof is nearly there.
Pisa?
Pisa?
Skyscraper!
Skyscraper!
March 23, 2004: Almost ready for the roof to be added.
Almost ready for the roof to be added.
The tower against a typically Dutch sky..
The tower against a typically Dutch sky..
Jeroen..
Jeroen..
 
March 15, 2004: It's going to be a really 'Roman corner' over here.
It's going to be a really 'Roman corner' over here.
  The tower and the milestone.
The tower and the milestone.
 
March 1, 2004: Now 8 metres high, the tower begins to look like the real thing.
Now 8 metres high, the tower begins to look like the real thing.
Compared to the picture below, the tower has grown a lot in just two days!
Compared to the picture below, the tower has grown a lot in just two days!
My kids are awed...
My kids are awed...
Sturdy Dutch larch.
Sturdy Dutch larch.
February 28, 2004: The prefab wooden beams are laid in place.
The prefab wooden beams are laid in place.
It is already clear that the tower will have a wide view of the surroundings.
It is already clear that the tower will have a wide view of the surroundings.
Already 5 metres tall, of the final 10.5.
Already 5 metres tall, of the final 10.5.
Work goes on even in the weekend..
Work goes on even in the weekend..
January 27, 2004: Construction has started! The prefab wooden beams are laid in place.
Construction has started!
A prefab-element ready for transport.
A prefab-element ready for transport.
 
December 30, 2003: Just before The New Year; trees have been cut, concrete has been laid.
Just before The New Year; trees have been cut, concrete has been laid.
The tower will overlook a wide open space.
The tower will overlook a wide open space.
The former Roman castellum rests under the field and the trees behind the grass.
The former Roman castellum rests under the field and the trees behind the grass.
Ready to build.
Ready to build.
November 30, 2003: The empty spot, late November 2003.
The empty spot, late November 2003.

Ready for the blessing:

Any omens around? No? Well, no news - good news! The gods are in favour of using this site. Some soldiers are visibly relieved.
Any omens around? No? Well, no news - good news! The gods are in favour of using this site. Some soldiers are visibly relieved.
The 4 delegates take up their position at the four corners. There was quite a crowd.
The 4 delegates take up their position at the four corners. There was quite a crowd.
The offerings are given to the earth.
The offerings are given to the earth.

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