For many years, lighthouses have guided ships to safety. So basically, they play a vital role in the history and culture of mankind. However, lighthouses aren’t just ordinary structures built by the sea. They also served as an inspiration to lots of classic tales and literary works because of their mystical charm.
Long ago, people were assigned to operate every lighthouse. But, as time went by, lighthouses embraced change. In order to produce a very bright light at the top of the tower, people tried to combine a variety of substances. Until the invention of electricity, producing light became easier and faster.
Today, many of the oldest lighthouses are still in existence. While they look haunted and spooky on the inside, for sure, most of them have witnessed tales of sailors and watch guards being lost and ravaged by the strong ocean waves. Nonetheless, they have withstood the test of time for a lot of reasons and one of these is to provide us with scenic views of the seas and give us a glimpse into the past.
Here are some of the oldest lighthouses that are still standing up to this day:
Tourlitis Lighthouse, Andros Island, Greece
There is something about the twisted steps that lead to the lighthouse. Would you consider calling this your home?
Brittany Lighthouse, Brest, France
Whether it’s the structure or the seascape, this place is truly a wonder to behold.
St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, Michigan, USA
The St. Joseph North Pier lighthouse was built in 1898. It gave off its first light eight years after, and until now, it is still functional. The lighthouse has since become a popular attraction. During winter, it freezes and attracts more visitors.
Here is one interesting fact. Michigan has 391 lighthouses, which is more than the number of lighthouses in other states in the country.
Kermorvan Lighthouse, Bretagne, France
This lighthouse is a monument in the municipality of Le Conquet. It has been a famous attraction for vacationers staying in the region.
Garðskagi Lighthouse, Iceland
This is a lighthouse in Iceland. Gunnar Gestur captioned this shot, “before the storm”.
Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Beagle Channel, Chile
Lighthouse of Fastnet Rock, Ireland
Lighthouse Of Talacre, Wales, UK
Sometimes, a lighthouse isn’t really as appealing in person. It’s just the way a photographer captures a photo of it.
Molnes Lighthouse, Norway
Mouro Island Lighthouse, Spain
Despite the constant strong forces of water hitting this lighthouse in Spain, it has survived. It was constructed in the year 1860.
Newhaven Breakwater Lighthouse, East Sussex, England
Old Scituate Lighthouse, Massachusetts, USA
Old Scituate Lighthouse is New England’s 5th oldest lighthouse. Is is also the 11th oldest in the whole United States. This lighthouse has lots of stories to tell, which include the tale of a brave little girl named Rebecca, and her sister. During the war in 1812, the two girls stayed here. Because Rebecca knew how to play military music, she and her sister played it as loud as they can, so that the British forces would believe American militants were positioned there. Whether the story is true or not, the girls were believed to be safe the whole night.
Phare du Petit Minou, Brest, France
Portland Head Light, Maine, USA
Farol Senhora da Luz, Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal Lighthouse
San Esteban De Pravia, Spain
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
South Stack Lighthouse in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales
South Stack Lighthouse is among the most amazing lighthouses throughout Wales.
St. Mary’s Lighthouse, Bait Island, UK
Stangholmen in Lysekil, Sweden
The Stangholmen lighthouse may appear smaller than other lighthouses found throughout Sweden. However, it is considered to be unique as it is just stacked atop a rock with a smooth surface.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA
The Lange Nelle Lighthouse, Ostend, Belgium
Victoria Beach Lighthouse, Laguna Beach, California, USA
Victoria Beach Lighthouse was built in 1926 along the coastal area of California. Inspired by 16th century castle architecture, this structure isn’t really noticeable as it perfectly blends with the rocks. If ever you plan to stop by, it is advised that you take caution because there is a strong rip of current present in the surrounding waters.
Vivalez, Asturias, Spain
Here are other iconic structures ever built: