A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire, and used as an aid to navigation for pilots at sea or on inland waterways.Here is the list of the most beautiful, amazing lighthouses. These are so beautiful that if you are watching them at night you could stay without a breath.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
The Pigeon Point Lighthouse built in 1871 in California is one among the tallest lighthouses in America at 35 meters. It is also a famous destination for tourists to explore.
Torre de Hercules
Built in the 2nd century by the Romans, the lighthouse Torre de Hercules in Galicia, Spain is known as an important historical heritage of all humankind. The 55 meters tall tower is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Fanad Head lighthouse
The lighthouse Fanad Head on the Fanad peninsula, on the west Cosat of Ireland was built in 1818. The beauty of the lighthouse and surrounding landscapes make it become one of the most impressive classic lighthouses in the world.
yokohama marine tower, japan
at a height of 348ft, the yokohama marine tower was, prior to its ‘temporary closure’, the tallest lighthouse in the world and could be seen by ships 20 miles away. built in 1958 as part of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the opening of the port of yokohama, the lighthouse immediately became a landmark, many people not realising it was actually a lighthouse due to it’s unconventional lattice tower design.
Sullivan’s Island lighthouse, u.s.
this incredible modern lighthouse originally contained a lamp capable of producing a whopping 28,000,000 candlepower. however this apparently proved too dangerous and was replaced with one with a comparitively modest 1?000?000 candlepower maximum. compared to other lighthouses, this is practically space-age, facilities inside including air-conditioning and an elevator.
Promthep Cape lighthouse, thailand
one of the world’s newest lighthouses is this strange looking, gold topped example in thailand, built in 1996 to honour the reign of king bhumibol adulyadej. it can be found on the southern coast of phuket, a major tourist spot in thailand. i have no idea how much the construction cost but i’m guessing it wasn’t cheap.
Middle Bay lighthouse, u.s.
built in 1885, the middle bay lighthouse in alabama is an example of a screwpile lighthouse – those which are screwed into piles which sit on sea or riverbeds. this hexagonal beauty was recently refurbished, improvements including a new slate roof and a solar-powered red light on top.
Madang Lighthouse, Papua New Guinea
this still active lighthouse, also known as the coastwatchers monument, was built in 1959 as a memorial to the coastwatchers during the 2nd world war. apparently intended to resemble a giant torch, the four-finned base makes it look more like a rocket. either way, it’s an incredible look. as for the light itself, the ‘flame’ encased lamp at the top can produce an impressive 1,000,000 candlepower beam.
New Zealand: The Lighthouse
The lighthouse is more of a guesthouse than a hotel, though. Only one guest can stay at a time, so if you’re thinking of braving the crowds during peak season, you might have to book early. On the first floor of the tower is the bathroom and the kitchen, while on the second floor, a bedroom complete with a TV and a DVD player awaits guests who are looking forward to a peaceful weekend.
Knarrarós lighthouse, iceland
in my opinion one of the most aesthetically brilliant lighthouses you’ll find, the stark white knarrarós lighthouse was built in 1938 and is the tallest building in southern iceland at 86ft. perched on top of a white base, the building is surrounded by grass, the colour contrast just adding to its mystical appearance. the light is still active and flashes for a 3 second period every 1/2 minute.
Enoshima Lighthouse, Japan
In 2003 the Enoshima lighthouse in Japan was renovated, the stunning results of which you can see in the photo above. The spiral staircase to the top is surrounded only by a steel frame which is lit in different colors that change throughout the night, making it pretty hard to ignore. it sits on Enoshima island, a tiny piece of land just off the coast of Japan.
Cape Hatteras light, u.s.
around 1.25 million bricks were used to build the tallest lighthouse in america, a huge structure which lights up every 7 seconds to assist ships through the ‘graveyard of the atlantic’, the diamond shoals. on clear days it has been visible from 50 miles and just before the millenium was moved, in one piece, 2870ft inland to escape the eroding shore. photos of the mammoth operation can be seen here.
Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light
The lighthouse named “Nubble” built in 1879 on a small rocky island in Cape Neddick, York, Maine is just 12.5 meters tall, but the light can reach 88 meters from sea level because of the additional height of the island.
Norah Head Lighthouse
The Norah Head Lighthouse in New South Wales, Australia is 27 meters high. Raised in 1903, the lighthouse features the light that flashes every 15 seconds and can be seen from 50 km away.
Chania Lighthouse is an old lighthouse in Chania, Crete built in 1570. Although the lighthouse doesn’t function anymore, it features an important historical construction and becomes a favorite tourist attraction nowadays.
Cape Hatteras Light
The Cape Hatteras Light, which is known as a symbol of California, is considered as the tallest lighthouse in the United States at more than 60.50 meters. The lighthouse built in 1870 is also well-known for being frequently hit by hurricanes. Due to the beach erosion, it is now in danger of falling into ocean, but there is no decision to move it.