The 7 Tallest Traditional Lighthouses in the World

If you’re on a reading spree on FreeMiniMaps, you already know that we have already explored the tallest non-traditional lighthouses of the world. Now the time has come for us to look at the traditional, dedicated ones. Oh, and if you haven’t become a salty dog until now, it would be a good time to do so now (wink).

7. Storozhenskiy Light:
Russia is the one to kick off the competition with its Storozhenskiy Light located at Lake Ladoga, in the Leningrad Oblast. Reaching a height of 71 metres, it is one of those traditional lighthouses that are cylindrical in shape and have a balcony on top. Constructed in 1907, the tower is made entirely of stone. Aside from its greyish stone base, it is recognisable by its red-and-white stripes.

6. Baishamen Lighthouse:
Guess who? That’s right, China is the one to take the sixth place with its renowned Baishamen Lighthouse. Located on Haidian Island, Haikou (Hainan), the lighthouse reaches a height of 72 metres. Yet in spite of its notable endeavour, it is only the second-tallest one in its parent country. Reaching as far as 18 nautical miles with its light, it has a phallic triangular prism shape (its base, however, doubles the amount of possible vertexes and becomes hexagonal). Made entirely of concrete, the lighthouse was first lit in 2000.

5. Mulantou Lighthouse:
It didn’t take us long to reach the other Chinese lighthouse. The Mulantou Lighthouse of Hainan reaches a height of 72 metres and it has a massive range of 25 nautical miles. Now, you might ask why this one is the tallest one of China. Well, that is because its focal height outruns that of the previous contestant by 10 metres (78 – 88). Made of concrete, it is a traditional cylindrical lighthouse with a lantern and observation room. First lit in 1995, it marks the south side of the entrance to Qiongzhou Strait.

4. Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light:
As you can see, Russia doesn’t like to stay out of the competition for too long. Its Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light is 73 metres tall and it has a range of 10 nautical miles. Made of concrete, it is a tapered cylindrical tower with several distinct galleries and a lantern. Serving the commercial harbour of Saint Petersburg, it, like Russia’s previous contestant, can be recognised by its red-and-white stripes.

3. Phare de Gatteville:
France enters majestically with its 75-metre-tall Phare de Gatteville. Located close to the Gatteville-le-Phare at the apex of Barfleur (Manche department) in the Lower Normandy region, the lighthouse is made of granite and it is cylindrical. What’s interesting about it is that it was first built in 1775 but only lit in 1835. Later, in the year 1984, it got automated. With a range of 29 nautical miles, it occupies the third place with dignity.

2. Lighthouse of Genoa:
When it comes to maritime aspects, Italy must always make a stand. Its Lighthouse of Genoa was first constructed in 1128 and lit in 1543. This makes it the oldest traditional lighthouse on our list and the third oldest in the world (behind the Tower of Hercules and Kõpu Lighthouse). Soaring at an imposing height of 76 metres, it is also the tallest lighthouse in the Mediterranean. Made of stone, Italy’s finest has a natural emplaced foundation.

1. Île Vierge:
Believe it or not, France is the one to take the first place on our list with its world-famous Île Vierge. Reaching an awe-inspiring height of 82.5 metres, it is the uncontested juggernaut of its kind. Constructed between the years 1896 and 1902, it is but one of the two lighthouses located in the area. The other one (called the older one) was but 33 metres tall and had a range of 14 nautical miles. This new one, the winner of the competition, has a better range (27 nautical miles) and a stronger foundation made of granite (an upgrade, if we consider the stone foundation of the old one).

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How many of the contestants have you personally visited? Tell us all about you experiences in the comment section below and don’t forget to check out our other article pertaining to the non-traditional lighthouses (they are much taller). Safe travels!

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