5 famous lighthouses in the world
Lighthouses are usually set up at harbor and bay entrances and have served as crucial landmarks for hundreds of years for ships. Nowadays, these beacons use automatic powerful lights and lenses, but they still retain an inherent romanticism, and even a spooky essence, associated with lighthouses. Some of these towers also have a fascinating history. Here are five famous lighthouses in the world.
Built in 1848, Galle Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Sri Lanka. It is situated within the walls of the Galle Fort. However, a fire engulfed the tower in 1936 following which it was rebuilt again in 1939 and was painted with bright white colors. Surrounded by palm trees and the beautiful Galle Harbor, this lighthouse makes for the perfect picturesque landmark.
Situated on the southern tip of Argentina in the stunning location of Tierra del Fuego, Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse was constructed in 1920. Also called the "Lighthouse at the End of the World," the beautiful red and white sea tower is a popular tourist spot due to its location. The brick tower is 33 feet tall with a gallery and lantern housing on top.
The Makapuu Point Lighthouse in Oahu, Hawaii is located over pointy cliffs next to the majestic Pacific Ocean. Built in 1906, the lighthouse is just 14-meters tall. However, its location atop a cliff has helped it serve its purpose well. Tourists usually hike to the lighthouse and soak in the amazing view. The lighthouse guides ships from the western US coast to Honolulu.
One of the oldest lighthouses of Norway, Lindesnes Lighthouse is perched upon the southernmost tip of the country. The 53-feet tall light station was originally built in 1656 to guide ships from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea and Skagerrak. It was later rebuilt in 1915 with a red top and white walls. The tower also warns sailors about Norway's dangerous coastline.
Located in Spain, the Tower of Hercules is an age-old Roman lighthouse that stands tall at a height of 180 feet. The 1,900 years old lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses that functions even today. According to legends, the tower was inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria. It was reconstructed in 1791 and has been also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.