These beacons have been built for almost as long as people have been alive on the earth. People in ancient times would light fires on the top of hills to help their loved ones find their way in the dark. As time progressed, and technology advanced, these pharos became more intricate and aesthetic to look at. Here are some of the most breathtaking beacons around the globe.
The beacon in Lindau is found on the banks of Lake Constance in Germany. This breathtaking tower was built between 1853 and 1856. Standing at around 24 metres tall and 33 metres in diameter, this is one of the most intimidating pharos. Another feature that makes this beacon stand out above others is the clock which was embedded in the side of the tower. This tower was automated in the 1990s and is still open to visitors to this day.
The Tower of Hercules is an ancient pharos which was built by the Romans approximately in the second century; however, it could possibly have been made on the foundations of an even older structure. This structure has been in constant use since its construction and has undergone several reconstructions. Through all of these reparations and restorations, the physical structure has remained the same.
Another stunning beacon is known as the Fanad Tower, which lies in the peninsula between Lough Swilly and Mulroy Bay in Cape Dougal, Ireland. This sprawling white tower complex is a beautiful landmark between the rolling hills. It is also commonly believed that this beacon was built on a site which had been used for similar purposes since the Neolithic period. This tower was constructed in the late 1800s, to prevent wayward ships from crashing into the rocks in the bay.
Chania Tower s an ancient beacon which was built in Greece in the 16th century. It was designed in the classical Egyptian style. This striking tower was built on a foundation of the natural rock in the area and used an open flame to act as its beacon for the majority of the time that it was operated. It is commonly believed that this is one of the oldest pharos which has been preserved in the world.
If you are looking for a spectacular beacon which will inspire awe in you, it may be worth it to visit Peggy’s Cove Tower in Nova Scotia, Canada. This beacon is still operational and makes for an excellent destination for adventure seekers. It is located on a large deposit of granite, and the classic white and red striped tower makes for the perfect backdrop for photos.
Several stunningly beautiful beacons around the world deserve the attention of all tourists who visit them.