We are well aware of the fact that not all of our readers are sea-loving salty dogs, but that does not mean that they should not explore the most fascinating lighthouses of the world. Now, you might wonder about what we meant by non-traditional lighthouses. Well, that means that the structures that house them have not been built for the specific purpose of guiding ships (they were also not mentioned in The Lighthouse Directory). We are going to rank them by height and we are sure that some of them are going to surprise you (wink).
6. The Statue of Liberty:
And we didn’t even have to go far to arrive at our first surprise. Yes, the Statue of Liberty is the sixth tallest non-traditional lighthouse in the world. We are going to quote the details of the monument from one of our previous articles pertaining to the tallest statues of the world. “The pride of New York City was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by the renowned Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (his name suggests the other majestic structure that he has built – the Eiffel Tower). Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, the statue receives over 3.2 million visitors each year (Liberty Island is easily accessible via ferries). Soaring at an imposing height of 93 metres, the statue is made of cast copper (wound around a solid metal armature). Bearing its iconic torch and a tabula ansata (a stone tablet evoking the authority of the law) with the date 4 July 1776 carved upon it (the day of the American Declaration of Independence), the Statue of Liberty represents Libertas (the Roman goddess of liberty).”
5. Palacio Barolo:
Made entirely of concrete and soaring at an imposing height of 100 metres, Palacio Barolo of Monserrat (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was built between the years 1919 and 1923. Its creator, master architect Mario Palanti, built it to possess 22 floors and an outstanding light range. It is said that in favourable conditions, its light can be seen from as far as Montevideo, Uruguay. It has reached such a cultural status as to be declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina in 1989. Definitely a must-see!
4. Yokohama Marine Tower:
Yokohama, Japan, has a significant claim when it comes to the fourth place on our competition. With its height of 101 metres, it but narrowly outruns the previous contestant. It, nevertheless, is the tallest lighthouse in its parent country. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Yokohama Marine Tower is a skeletal structure (a lattice tower). Located within the bounds of the Naka Ward, the tower has an observation deck at 100 metres. If you are not afraid of heights, that would be the place to go.
3. Bicentennial Lighthouse:
We have to admit that the competition is becoming tighter and tighter for our next contestant, like the previous one, only exceeds its predecessor with 1 metre. Córdoba’s (Argentina) Bicentennial Lighthouse is made entirely of concrete and it soars at a height of 102 metres. Built in 2011, the structure has a helical tower shape and it was designed by Alejandro Cohen. The lighthouse was built to honour the Argentina Bicentennial festivals.
2. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial:
The United States of America breach the bounds of the competition with their 107-metre-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Without any doubt, it is the tallest lighthouse in North America and its granite structure but reinforces its grandeur (not to mention its stamina). Located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the structure was built in 1915 to commemorate the peaceful relations between Britain, Canada and the USA.
1. Jeddah Light:
And we have finally arrived at the tallest non-traditional lighthouse in the world. Reaching a sky-piercing height of 133 metres, it outruns and outguns all previous contestants by the tens of metres. As suggested by its title, it is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and it was built in 1990. Located at the north side of the entrance to Jeddah Seaport and made of concrete, the lighthouse has a cylindrical shape with a spherical observation building near its top.
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