A lighthouse is more than just a means of guidance to safe harbor for boats and ships. Many are also beautifully structured architectures that serve as landmarks for harbors around the world. Lighthouses such as the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet, Florida are breathtaking to all spectators, so when Marine Insight came out with a list of the top 10 beautiful lighthouses around the world, we thought we’d share:
1. Torre de Hercules, Spain: The “Tower of Hercules” stands 187 feet tall and has been present from the second century.
2. Yokohama Marine Tower: Located in Yokohama, Japan, this tower is specifically known for the alternating green and red light it flashes every 20 seconds. It is also the tallest lighthouse in the world, standing at 106 meters, or approximately 348 feet.
3. Pigeon Point Lighthouse: This California coast lighthouse is the tallest in the Western coast of the United States and has been in use since 1861.
4. Low Lighthouse: Housed in Somerset, England, this lighthouse was built in 1832 and only stands at 36 feet; hence its title as the Low Lighthouse. Uniquely, the lighthouse is made out of wood with wooden legs or pillars surrounding its base.
5. Knarrarós Lighthouse: Made mostly of concrete, the state architect of Iceland built this lighthouse sometime between 1938 and 1939.
6. Promthep Cape Lighthouse: In commemoration of the Thai king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, the top of the lighthouse is topped with gold making it a very unique building located to the South of Phuket.
7. Kopu Lighthouse: Located in Estonia (Europe), this lighthouse is the oldest to be in operation, beginning in 1531.
8. Middle Bay Lighthouse: This lighthouse’s distinction is made by its screw-pile structure, being that its support is screwed or fixed to the lower part of the water. Located in Mobile Bay, Alabama, it was first used in the year 1885 and was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
9. Madang Lighthouse: Serving as a memorial for the coastwatchers during World War II, this lighthouse resembles a rocket standing erect in Papua, New Guinea.
10. Kiz Kulesi: This Turkish lighthouse was built in 408BC and is currently being used as a recreational place with restaurants and coffee shops built inside the tower.
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