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Till now churches serve as navigation aids. I will try to collect some examples in this blog.
Most churches are Range Rear lights.
But some churches were daymarks and never lit.
Estonia, Tallinn, St.Olaf’s Church, built in the 12th century, never lit, 125 high.
Uruguay, Montevideo; Catedral Metropolitana, was lit from 1882 -1910
England, Burnham-on-Sea, St. Andrew’s Church, Range Rear, A5572.1
Portugal, Faro, Santo Antonio do Alto Church, D2214.1
Latvia, Riga, White Church, served as daybeacon first, later lit, C3547.2
USA, Massachusetts, Beverly, First Baptist Church, ARLHS USA-390, J0290.1
Portugal, Fuzeta, Igreja Matriz da Fuzeta, ARLHS POR-074, D2230.1
Morocco, Casablanca, Mosquée Hassan II, D2573.5
Denmark, Koge, St. Nicholas Church, a latern was hung from the tower
On May 2018 International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities made conference in Incheon, South Korea. During the conference lighthouses heritage exhibition was organized, so it was possible to see very good collection of various lighthouses stuff.
Mamelles lighthouse (D3004) is strategically important light, one of the most powerful African lighthouse. It was build in 1864 and passed through many modernizations. Lighthouse is still operating, inside you can find museum.
Phare les Mamelles located not far from Dakar Center and very close to popular hotels area Ngor. You can easily get there by taxi:
Very close to lighthouse there is another famous landmark : African Renaissance Monument.
The lighthouse is located in the top of the hill and can be easily spotted from any side:
Lighthouse on video is 23 meters tall
According to Admiralty Thailand has 68 lighthouses. It’s not too much regarding the long coastline and many islands.
Thai lighthouses are no beauties, not to compare with well known American or British lighthouse beauties. Keeper houses are unknown. Most of Thai lighthouses are made of concrete, white and about 10-12 m tall. Taller lighthouses are square pyramidal skeletal towers, mostly on islands.
Most interesting Thailand lighthouse I have seen in Songkhla, Southern Thailand. It’s situated at the north end of the temple complex Phra Chedi Luang, the royal pagoda at the top of Tang Kuan Hill and now the symbol of Songkhla City.
The construction of lighthouse was finished 1897 and it seems to be one of the oldest Thailand lighthouses.
It remains unclear, if the caged lamp has any relation to the lighthouse! The information table in front of this lamp describes the historic lighthouse of Pharos and Alexander the Great ( personal information)!
Isle of Man is self-governing British Crown Dependency in Irish sea. It has rich lighthouse traditions, so i would like to share some pictures made during my trip.
On approach to Douglas (central city) you could see Douglas Head lighthouse:
Recently i’ve made business trip to Orkney Islands (Scotland). This kind of paradise for LH funs – there are so many of them around the archipelago. So few tips about Orkney Lighthouses. As usial click on the thumbnail opens larger image.
Most popular and easiest to access – definitely lighthouse in Kirkwall. This is old Kirwall pier light, not used anymore:
The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) has about more than 50 lighthouses, ARLHS lists 55 and Wikipedia lists 34 lighthouses. Many of them were build during the colonial domination of Japan starting end of 19. century! Unfortunately many of them where destroyed during Second world war, but after rebuilt.
If you add to your lighthouse list also breakwater lights, so you have a hard job to see them all in Taiwan. Nearly every small port, I have seen on my trip November 2016 , has breakwater lights, sometimes outer and inner lights! Parking in these ports is mostly no problem. Many breakwaters are accessible and you can join the fisherman.
For the larger lighthouses exist signs, you can follow. Never I could climb a tower and museums are rare!
Be aware to visit lighthouses at weekend! Many Taiwanese are than on road ! So I had no chance for parking to visit the uncommon Yeliou Lighthouse (ARLHS Tai-036 ) .