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How did this passion for lighthouses begin for you? What drew you there? Anything like it began for us? Well, it started for us, with our love for travel. Plus our love for islands, for seas & shores, and for history. That drew us to seaside areas, to boating and sailing lore. It just tied together with visiting interesting lighthouses. And it took off from there.
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Before lighthouses came about to help seagoing vessels, people first had the idea to build large bonfires on hilltops. These were placed at particularly hazardous entry points to rivers or bays that led to towns.2 These waterways could have strong currents with submerged boulders.
If there was no significant elevation, the fires may be difficult for mariners to see. That led to the idea of building a high platform on which to stage a signal fire.2 Bringing us to the infancy of the History of Lighthouses.
But rather than a warning to the hazards, these early signal fires were more a mapping marker. Leading the way into the river, inlet or bay. Marking the way for early navigators.2
A true lighthouse was first constructed in Ancient Egypt. Finished by about 284 to 246 BC in Alexandria.1 Thus the age of Lighthouses in Antiquity had begun. Another built in Galicia, Spain. About the 2nd century AD, influenced by the Egyptian tower. Spoken of as Farum Brigantium, which in Greek essentially means Lighthouse of Alexandria.3 Still standing today, as a World Heritage Site.4
By the end of the 1600s, sea transportation was increasing. The need for safety intensified. Knowledge was improving in areas of lighting and architectural building structures. All this gave rise to more and more lighthouses, with improved construction techniques. Some lighthouse builders were famous, and their crafting sought after. Many of their works still stand today! Wouldn't we like to see their efforts?
So many lighthouses to see around the world! Virtually, tours, vacations to plan, movies to see, lighthouses to visit near your area, history to know, decor to have for lighthouse aura surrounding us daily! Plus so much more: for all of you lighthouse fanatics -
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1 Clayton, P.A. (2013). Chapter 7: The Pharos at Alexandria. In Peter A. Clayton; Martin J. Price (eds.). The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. London: Routledge.
3 Marina Militare (2018). Ancient lighthouses. Ministera Della Difesa. Retrieved from marina.difesa.it/EN/history/fari/Pagine/ancientlighthouses.aspx
2 Trethewey, K. (2018). Ancient lighthouses. England: Jazz-Fusion Books. ISBN 978-0-99265-736-9.
4 Tower of Hercules Visitor Services (n.d.) Tower of Hercules. CIAV: Gobierno de España. Retrieved from ciav.torredeherculesacoruna.com/en/