Monday, 15 December 2014
Lighthouses of the World
Today, lighthouses remain a mere monument that depict untold and sometimes cooked stories of history, valor and the supernatural. Functionally relevant or not, lighthouses do manage to capture human imagination. From its erstwhile role of being a navigational aid, marking out dangerous coastlines and assisting aerial navigation, they have today reduced to backdrops for selfie's. The increasing cost of maintenance and availability of modern navigational equipment like strobes have let to decline of these majestic structures.
This blog takes you on a world tour and introduces you to some of the most magnificent lighthouses from across the world. So if you are a traveler, add these to your bucket list, if it isn't already there.
1. Jeddah Light
With the claim to be the world’s tallest lighthouse, this concrete and steel marvel stands tall at a staggering 436 feet in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
2. Perry Memorial Monument
This huge granite structure is a Peace monument commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near Ohio’s South Bass Island. Built in the year 1915, this lighthouse is the tallest in North America
3. Yokohama Marine Tower
This steel skeletal marvel is in Yokohama, Japan. The 332 ft. structure has the observation deck at the height of 100 meters. Another unique feature of the tower is its light characteristic which flashes every 20 seconds alternating between green and red.
4. Ile Vierge
Meet the tallest stone lighthouse in Europe. It’s also is one the tallest traditional lighthouses in the world. Standing at 82.5 mts, the lighthouse is located in Finistere in France.
5. Madras Light House, Chennai
So the last one is reserved for the lighthouse closer home. Opened in 1977, this lighthouse houses the meteorological department and was restricted to visitors. This is the only lighthouse in India with an elevator and also the only one within city limits.
Probably one of the most massive man-made structure of light, and definitely the most beautiful, lighthouses are a rarity today. But the sight of one reminds us of the role light plays, to provide direction and keep ones hope of reaching their goals alive. Light truly is metaphorically at various levels.
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