In early time people set fires at the edge of the water to warn boats of dangerous rocks and shores. The early lighthouses used wick lamps as a source of light. In the olden times the light beam could only travel a few miles. In 1822 the first modern lighthouse lens was invented by a Frenchman named Augustin Fesnel. He found out how to increase the light by using prisms.
Here I have compiled the list of some of the most beautiful, amazing lighthouses. These are so beautiful that if you are watching them at night you could stay without a breath. If I missed any, do share it in comments section.
Enoshima Lighthouse, Japan
The Enoshima lighthouse in Japan has a 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.
Torre De Hercules, Spain
The Torre De Hercules is the only roman lighthouse still in use and holds the title of ‘oldest active lighthouse in the world’. The 185ft lighthouse still stands today and looks as sturdy as ever.
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.
Pigeon point lighthouse, USA
Pigeon point lighthouse is perched on the edge of a cliff in California and at 115ft is one of the tallest in the United States. The shows an extremely powerful lens composed of 1008 hand-polished lenses and prisms which help in providing 500,000 candlepower illumination.
Low lighthouse, UK
At only 9 meters tall, the stunning ‘low lighthouse’ in Burnham-on-sea is one of the smallest you’ll find. It was built in 1832 and is still used as a navigation tool, providing a white flash every 7.5 seconds from the window at the front.
kiz kulezi, Turkey
The 2500 year old kiz kulesi is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world and sits on a tiny islet off the coast of Istanbul. Over the years the small piece of land on which it sits has been used as a burial chamber.
Cape hatteras light, USA
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.
Promthep cape lighthouse, Thailand
One of the world’s newest lighthouses is this strange looking, gold topped example in Thailand, built in 1996. It can be found on the southern coast of phuket, a major tourist spot in Thailand.
Sullivan’s island lighthouse, USA
This incredible modern lighthouse originally contained a lamp capable of producing a whopping 28,000,000 candlepower. Compared to other lighthouses, this is practically space-age, facilities inside including air-conditioning and an elevator.
Knarrarós lighthouse, Iceland
It is 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 color contrast just adding to its mystical appearance. The light is still active and flashes for a 3 second period every 1/2 minute.