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Fascinating Lighthouses in the World

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The structures of lighthouses with its captivating environment always draw us towards them. There are many lighthouses constructed throughout centuries and each of them has its own magnificent wonders. Here is a round-up of the ten most beautiful sea towers.

Kõpu Lighthouse, Estonia: Since 1531, this lighthouse has been an active way-finding aid. The height of this lighthouse is 36 metres and it stands atop a hill of 68 metres ensuring the highest coastal light in the Baltic Sea. This lighthouse is still used for navigation by small boats for either fishing or recreational purposes. Visitors can climb to the top of this lighthouse through a wooden staircase fixed inside from the 1800s.

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Maiden’s Tower, Turkey: Also known as Kiz Kulesi or the Tower of Leandros, this tower first opened in 1110 and is located at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus Strait. Primarily this sea tower was used as a watch tower and it was only in 1720, after a series of damages, that it was being used as a lighthouse. It is a popular tourist destination and several boats from Istanbul leave for the tower daily. Visitors also enjoy snacks and drink in the cafes located inside the tower.

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Middle Bay Lighthouse, Alabama, USA: Completed in 1885, this mobile hexagonal, cottage structured sea tower has experienced both disasters and good fortunes. It was first operated by electricity and the workers had to make sure the whale oil- burning lamp never went out. For this they worked in shifts and kept taking turns! From 1967, this lighthouse was no longer used and is now a protected monument.

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Low Lighthouse, Bridgwater Bay, England: Still functioning today, this lighthouse is located on Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Just 11 metres in height, it supports itself in nine wooden legs. The Low Lighthouse is now a Grade II listed building due to its unique and beautiful structure. Since 1832, it has maintained its splendid captivating uniqueness with red and white wooden house on stilts.

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Phare du Creach, France: This lighthouse started its operation in 1863 and is considered to be one of the strongest lighthouses in the world. Every 10 seconds, this incredible lighthouse sends two flashes which can be witnessed even from 30 miles. This lighthouse is not open for visitors but the powerful flashes of this tower are worth watching while in a trip to Phare du Creach.

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Torre de Hercules, Spain: This tower was known as Farum Brigantium until the 20th century. Standing at 187 feet, this lighthouse has been believed to have existed since the second century. This tower is a national monument of Spain. In 2009, Torre de Hercules became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland: The world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse, the Bell Rock Lighthouse is often considered to be one of the seven wonders of the industrial world. This lighthouse was constructed in three years from 1807 to 1810 by engineer Robert Stevenson. The architecture was so splendidly designed that this lighthouse didn’t require any reconstruction for 200 years. It is located eleven miles from sea and works with close collaboration with the Bell Rock Signal Tower that was build on land.

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Hook Head Lighthouse, Ireland: This lighthouse has been in operation for the past 800 years and is the only fully intact and working sea tower in the world. It is open for visitors’ everyday and is appraised about the fascinating history behind this lighthouse.

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Enoshima Lighthouse, Japan: This sea tower is one of the modern lighthouses and was opened in 2009. It is known for its usage of high powered LED projector which lit up in different colours for different seasons of the year; a bright blue colour in summer, a pale pink in spring, yellowy orange in autumn and purple in winter. It is open for tourists throughout the year and one can reach the summit after ascending 100 meters.

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Jeddah Lighthouse, Saudi Arabia: This is the tallest lighthouse in the world with a height of 133 metres constructed in 1990. It is located at the entrance to the Jeddah seaport and its primary function is to warn arriving ships, as far as 40 kms, of the deadly coral reefs lining the shore.

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5 Oldest Lighthouse in the World

Here is a round up of the five oldest lighthouse in the world.

Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt

Created between c.280-247 BCE with a height of 120-137 metres. It is still standing.

Created between c.280-247 BCE with a height of 120-137 metres. It is still standing.

Tower of Hercules, Galicia, Spain

Created in c.2nd century CE with a height of 57 metres.

Created in c.2nd century CE with a height of 57 metres.

Lighthouse of Genoa, Italy

Build in 1128. Reconstructed in 1543. It has a height of 76 m.

Build in 1128. Reconstructed in 1543. It has a height of 76 m.

Hook Head Lighthouse, Ireland

Build in c.1201-1240. It has a height of 35 m.

Build in c.1201-1240. It has a height of 35 m.

Kõpu Lighthouse, Estonia

Build in 1531 and has a height of 36 m.

Build in 1531 and has a height of 36 m.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Ankita B (author) on October 06, 2020:

Thank you so much Devika for reading and commenting. I appreciate your lovely comments very much.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 06, 2020:

Ankita B Lighthouses always interested me. I am fascinated with Lighthouses and you informed me about many Lighthouses and I am glad to have stopped by.

Ankita B (author) on October 01, 2020:

Yes Dora, lighthouses give us a different form of inspiration. Thank you very much for your generous comments. I am glad you liked reading this article.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 01, 2020:

I appreciate this article. I get inspiration just from watching the lighthouses and realizing how they influence life's direction. I am amazed that they are still functional after so many years.

Ankita B (author) on September 20, 2020:

Thank you so much Pamela for your lovely comments and your visit. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed reading this article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 20, 2020:

My mother always loved lighthouses and had a small collection of them. I found your article to be very interesting as the light houses coverd much of the world. This is a very interesting article, Ankita.

Ankita B (author) on September 18, 2020:

True MG. Lighthouses look imposing on the sea coast. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I appreciate your generous comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 18, 2020:

Lighthouses have fascinated me. They look so imposing on the sea coast. I remember I used to see a wonderful light House at Lands End at Colaba in Mumbai and was visible from the officers club. It still beams light at night. So romantic.

Ankita B (author) on September 10, 2020:

Indeed true Lora what you have said. Thank you for your lovely and encouraging comments. I really appreciate it.

Lora Hollings on September 10, 2020:

I found your article to be a fascinating read, Ankita. Lighthouses have, through the ages, served such an important function, and one day, I hope that I can tour one. It is amazing that the one in Alexandria, Egypt and in Spain are still standing. They are a real tribute to those who built them. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Ankita B (author) on September 10, 2020:

Thank you so much Ann for your insightful comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed reading this article. Your visit is truly appreciated.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 10, 2020:

Good to sea the Low Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea on your list. I live in Burnham! Sadly, it is no longer used but is a great tourist attraction and a wonderful structure with its nine oak supports. Both Low and High Lighthouses in Bridgwater (no 'e') Bay have now been decommissioned.

Great photos. Thanks, too, for following me.

Ann

Ankita B (author) on August 18, 2020:

Indeed true Peachy. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it as always.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 18, 2020:

Scotland lighthouse is simply awesome

Ankita B (author) on August 13, 2020:

Thank you very much Vanita for your kind comments. I appreciate your visit.

Vanita Thakkar on August 13, 2020:

Informative. Good pictures. Reminded me of the light house near my home on the sea shore at Vishakhapatnam, where I spent more than a year during my childhood.

Ankita B (author) on July 16, 2020:

I appreciate your kind comment Olusegun. Thank you very much.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 16, 2020:

Historical and educative.

Ankita B (author) on July 15, 2020:

I truly appreciate your lovely comments Manuela. Thank you for coming to read this article.

Manuela from Portugal on July 15, 2020:

Those lighthouses are so beautiful, the only one I would be afraid to visit is the one in Ireland in the sea.

Ankita B (author) on July 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for your kind comment.

CUPIDO05 on July 14, 2020:

Beautiful and informative.

Ankita B (author) on July 12, 2020:

Thank you so much Nella for your kind comments. Appreciated as always.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on July 12, 2020:

Very neat article. I love lighthouses and nice to see many from around the world featured.

Ankita B (author) on July 11, 2020:

Thank you so much Umesh Chandra Bhatt. I am glad you enjoyed reading this article.

Ankita B (author) on July 11, 2020:

Thank you very much Lorna for sharing your experience. I appreciate your lovely comments.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 11, 2020:

Good compilation and nice presentation.

Lorna Lamon on July 11, 2020:

There is something so reassuring about a lighthouse. I have visited the Hook Head Lighthouse in Ireland - it was like walking into a history book. An enjoyable and interesting read with beautiful photos Ankita.