5 Most Beautiful Lighthouses in the World
Lighthouses are constructed to facilitate better marine navigation. In the olden times, ships were a popular public travel vessel. Lighthouses were constructed to show the way for ships. But these were not just mechanical constructions. A number of lighthouses had witnessed history and first steps of many colonial conquests. At first, people used crude methods to send light deep into the ocean.
The first baby steps of lighthouse technology that we see today were made about two centuries ago. A French inventor developed the prototype of lighthouse lens in 1822. The lens used a plethora of prisms that magnified the wavelength of light.
Today, lighthouses play a simultaneous role as tourist attractions. Some of the lighthouses are tourist attractions because of their history or their magnificent architecture. All lighthouses offer a panoramic view of the sea, the beach and the landscape of that place.
Here is a list of 5 most beautiful lighthouses in the world.
1. Enoshima, Japan
This is known for its unique construction. A spiral winding staircase is the main attraction of this lighthouse. A steel frame that surrounds the staircase plays the perfect foil. The lighthouse is a sight to behold during nights when the steel frame changes color and illumination.
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2. Torre de Hercules, Spain
If you like history, this one is a must see. This is the oldest lighthouse still in action. The surprising thing is that it does not show any signs of wear and tear. It is all set for long innings by the sea.
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3. Cape Hatteras Light, USA
This is the tallest lighthouse in the country. Its specialty is a powerful lens that can blast beams of light through the Atlantic. The specialty may not be so visible through naked eyes from land. But people in the ships vouch for it. It is estimated that the light from the tower is visible up to 50 miles into the ocean. It does need a powerful lens as it has the responsibility of lighting up one of the most dangerous parts in the Atlantic- the Diamond Shoals.
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4. Low Lighthouse, UK
This is among the pygmies in lighthouses. This is only 9 meters tall. It is an old house, built in 1832. It is still going strong.
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5. Promthep Cape, Thailand
This is one of the new entrants into the list of grand lighthouses. It was built in 1996, based on modern architecture and esthetics.
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