Below is a list of the most amazing lighthouses around the world.
Number 1 – West Quoddy Head Light Lighthouse, Lubec, Maine, USA
Known as the easternmost point in the USA, located in West Quoddy head the Bay of fundy, Lubec, Maine, is the lighthouse known as West Quoddy head. There has always been a lighthouse in this area since 1808 but the current one that is there today was built in 1858. This lighthouse uses a Fresnel lens of the third order and to this day is still one out of eight lighthouses using Fresnel lenses that is still used on the coast of Maine. The construction of this lighthouse is made of brick the pattern of red and white bands with a black lantern. It stands over 49 feet with the focal height of 83 feet and has the intensity of 35,000 candela which can be seen from over 18 nautical miles. And on July 4, 1980 the West Quoddy Head Light Station was added to the national register of historic places.
Number 2 – Kermorvan Lighthouse, Le Conquet, Brittany, France
Standing over 66 feet tall and made out of square stone lies a lighthouse that was built in 1849 in Brittany, France. This iconic lighthouse is known as the Kermorvan Lighthouse. This lighthouse has a Fresnel lens which is also a rear range light and a front range light. This lighthouse was automated in 1994 but was ran manually by a lighthouse keeper that lived in a nearby building but to this day it is closed permanently.
Number 3 – Boar’s Head Lighthouse, Tiverton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Listed as the first lighthouse to be built on Boars Head and built in 1863, stands the Boars Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is in the shape of what is called a pepper shaker style wooden lighthouse and it stands over 10.7 meters high and has a red roof which holds the flashing light that signals nearby vessels. The first keeper was named Henry M. Ruggles, in which he worked there for over 37 years, until his death in 1910 which later afterwards his son, Frank G. Ruggles would run it for and another 29 years following his death in 1929. This lighthouse would hold a fifth order Fresnel lens which would be used through 1922 to 1941. But the lighthouse tower that stands today was built in 1957 stands over 35 feet and stands over the water a whopping 60 feet.
Number 4 – Green Cape Lighthouse, South Wales, Austrailia
Located in Green, New South Wales, Australia, standing over 95 feet high and with the focal height of the 144 feet lies the Green Cape Lighthouse. This lighthouse was designed by a man named James Barnet and Albert Wood Aspinall from 1881 to 1883. It is a square base octagon shaped that has a balcony that holds a lantern, which makes this lighthouse has a block balcony the tower, white in color. It has a first order Fresnel lens the intensity of 1 million CD and a range of over 25 miles. His was first used and turned on in 1883 and would be deactivated in 1992.
Number 5 – Tower of Hercules Lighthouse, Spain
There is a myth that the mythical hero, Hercules killed a giant name Geryon, and that it took three days and three nights for him to slay the giant. Then Hercules took his head along with his weapons and buried them on this site where the city along with a slight house would be built which gives this lighthouse its name, The Tower of Hercules. This amazing structure is elevated over 187 feet and was built in the second century CE and it built in Coruna, Galicia, Spain and is the second tallest lighthouse in the country of Spain.
Number 6 – Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah, Massachusetts, USA
Located in Aquinnah, Massachusetts and was constructed in 1799, made from granite stone on cement and brick lies the lighthouse known as The Gay Head Light. Located on the westernmost point with a black lantern and red brick and with the shape of conical and standing over 15.5 meters in height and a focal height of 170 feet (52 m). This lighthouse offers a first order Fresnel lens with a focal length of white light that can be seen over 28 miles and a red light that can be seen over 23 miles. It would first be lit in 1856 and would be automated in 1960 and would be added to the national register of historic places in the US on June 15, 1987.
Number 7 – Slangkop Lighthouse, Cape Town, South Africa
Off the shore of Cape Town, South Africa, near the town of Kommetjie lies the SlangKop Lighthouse. The history behind this unique lighthouse due to the first world war the construction of the lighthouse was commissioned by a brass sign with the date of 1914 on it to lighthouse itself would not be finished until 1919, is the shape of a circular pattern made of iron and holds a balcony and a lantern and stands over 33 meters high. The lighthouse vocal height is over 130 feet (40m) with the intensity of 5 million CD and has a range of 33 miles
Number 8 – South Stack Lighthouse, Wales
Constructed in 1809 the white power made of stone, tapered in a cylinder shape lies the lighthouse known as the South Stack Lighthouse. This lighthouse is located on a small island known as the Holy Island and was used to that ship now that there was very dangerous rocks ahead of them and below. This tower has a height of 92 feet and a focal height of 200 feet, he has a first order six panel catadioptric rotating lens with the intensity of 467,000 candela, with the range of 28 miles. This very interesting lighthouse was designed by Daniel Alexander who designed it to allow passengers safely pass without hitting the treacherous rocks surrounding it.
Number 9 – Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Denmark
Located on a cliff that is named Lonstrup Klint, which is over 200 feet above sea level. And was operated with the help of gas that was produced by site known as gasworks. This lighthouse is known as Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse. This lighthouse located in northern Denmark, in the Juland municipality of Hjorring, Rubjerg. This lighthouse would first be turned on the 27th of December, 1900 and was actually started construction in 1899. Constructed in masonry with a balcony and a lantern in shape of a square. The tower is white and has a red lantern, with a height of 75 feet and a focal height of 90 m.
Number 10 – Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda
Being one of the two light houses and Bermuda, it is the tallest stands over 117 feet in the air with the focal height of 354 feet, this tall lighthouse is known as the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. This Lighthouse is made out of cast-iron, is in a tapered cylinder shape with the white tower and a lantern, surrounded by balcony. The intensity of the light is 5 million cd with a range of 26 nautical miles. It was constructed in 1846 and would be automated in 1964. With eight flights of stairs that adds up to 185 steps, from the bottom to the top. And now a tea room can be found at the bottom of the tower along with the restaurant which used to be where the keeper would sleep.
Number 11 – Tourlitis Lighthouse, Andros, Greece
With the original lighthouse being destroyed in World War II, and was built in 1897 which lies across from the Castle of Andros and with the one today was built in the early 1990s which was constructed by a very rich, oil tycoon who he had dedicated it to his daughter. This beautiful and unique lighthouse is known as the Tourlitis Lighthouse. Looking like something out of a Lord of the rings movie, created with rock and in a Greek architecture. This lighthouse would be Greece’s first animated lighthouse. With the unique features of this amazing architectural structure, this lighthouse has became the biggest tourist attraction in the area.
Number 12 – Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine, USA
This lighthouse was commissioned by Pres. John Quincy Adams in 1827, this lighthouse is known as the Pemaquid Point Light which was constructed in 1827 and was first turned on in 1857 and would later be automated in 1934. The shape of this structure is conical with the white tower and a black lantern, it has the height of 11.5 m and a focal height of 79 feet, the lens is a fourth order Fresnel lens. The original lighthouse in the early 1850s use what is called a Augustine Fresnel which was lit with candles can be seen for up to 2 miles (3.2 km).
Number 13 – Creach Lighthouse, Ushant, France
Considered to be the most powerful lighthouse in Europe and one of the most powerful lighthouses in the world, is the Creach Lighthouse. Located offshore of Ushant, France, and constructed in 1863, this lighthouse is made of stone, with a cylinder shape, and has a white tower and a black balcony. The height of this lighthouse is over 180 feet tall and a vocal height of 230 feet, which can be seen up to a range of 37.5 nautical miles.
Number 14 – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, North Carolina, USA
In 1802, this lighthouse will be constructed on the shores of North Carolina. And it would be Congress who appropriated over $44,000 on July 10, 1794 to have this lighthouse built, this lighthouse is known as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. To be more precise this lighthouse is located on the Outer Banks on the Hatteras Island. Its foundation is made from timber, rubble, reinforced concrete, granite, along with brick. Tower shape is conical and measures over 210 feet in height and has a focal height of 187 feet, the original lens was a first order Fresnel lens, that was in 1870 and since 1970, it has a DCB – 224 lens. This lighthouse shines a beam that can be seen up to 24 nautical miles. And in March 29, 1978, this lighthouse would be put into the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Number 15 – Sambro Island Lighthouse, Sambro, Nova Scotia
This lighthouse a national historic event is located community of Samburu at the entrance of Halifax harbor in Nova Scotia. This lighthouse is known as the Samburu Island Lighthouse and is considered a land feel lighthouse. This lighthouse was constructed in 1759 and it would be first turned on in 1758 and will be automated in 1988. The shape of the tower is a tapered octagon is made with stone wood shingles tower is white with three red bands circling around it with the red lantern, along with red trim. The light source comes from solar power the lands that is a rotating airport electric beacon. The tower measures 82 feet high and a focal height of 141 feet which can be seen up to 24 nautical miles.
Number 16 – Jeddah Light Lighthouse, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
With the height of 436 feet tall and is centered the tallest lighthouse in the world, and is located at the Jeddah Seaport in Saudi Arabia, and is known as the Jeddah Light. This lighthouse was constructed in 1990 and is made up of concrete and steel, the shape of a cylinder with the balcony on top. The tower is white in color measures at 436 feet with the focal height of 460 feet which can be seen up to 25 nautical miles.
Number 17 – Point Reyes Lighthouse, Marin, California, USA
This lighthouse started in 1855 but wouldn’t go under construction until 15 years later because there was a dispute between the landowners in the United States lighthouse board. Known as Point Reyes Lighthouse, it was built in Marin County California in the Golf of the Farallon’s. Lighthouse was constructed in 1870 and it would be automated in the year of 1975. It will be constructed in cast iron on a concrete base, it has a 16 sided tower that is white in color with a red lantern roof. It would stand over 35 feet high and a focal height of 265 feet, the lens would be a first order Fresnel lens that rotated and would change to a first order Fresnel lens that could be seen over 21 nautical miles.
Number 18 – Neist Point Lighthouse, Scotland
Listed as a category B listed building and built on the side of the cliff hovering over the ocean lies the Neist Point Lighthouse which light was first turned on November 1, 1909. This lighthouse was designed by a man named David Alan Stephenson which was built located close to cottages which a cable way is used to carry different supplies back and forth from the lighthouse to the cottages. The tower is made of masonry with a cylinder form and with a balcony and a lantern. Tower white in color the lantern is black and the trim is the color ochre. The lights intensity is 480,000 candela and can be seen over 16 nautical miles and it can be seen at 16 nautical miles from a tower that measures over 62 feet high and a focal height of 141 feet.
Number 19 – Fanad Lighthouse, The Republic of Ireland
In an area with an estimated of 700 people and 30% of them speaks Irish lies on the peninsula between Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly is the Fanad Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse would be constructed in 1817 and it wasn’t until 1886 when it would be first lit. Tower is masonry with the cylinder shape tower with the lantern and a balcony lantern and the railing is red in color while the tower is white. The original lens was a 300 MM lens and has a range of 18 nautical miles. The tower’s height would be 72 feet with a focal height of 128 feet.
Number 20 – Lange Nelle Lighthouse, Ostend, Belgium
Off the coastline in Belgium in the North Sea in town called Oostende, Flanders lies a blue and white lighthouse known as the Lange Nelle Lighthouse. This lighthouse would also have station which in itself was established in 1771 and it wouldn’t be until 1949 the lighthouse tower would be open. The construction of this lighthouse is made of brick and concrete in a cylinder shape with a double balcony, a two-stage tower and a lantern could be seen for 27 nautical miles. The height of the tower is 189 feet with the focal height of 213 feet. The tower is white in color and has two blue bands around it and the balcony is gold in color.
Number 21 – Bell Rock Lighthouse, Angus, Scotland
Located in Angus Scotland, and is considered the oldest sea-washed lighthouse that stands today is the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Built by Robert Stephenson between the years of 1807 and 1810 which is known in the North Sea as the Inchcape. The first time it would be lit would be on February 1, 1811. The construction of this tower is of Aberdeen granite is in a tapered cylinder shape with a balcony that included the lantern in the quarters of the keeper. The light houses tower is white with brown circular bands at the base and the lantern, black in color. The tower’s height would be 116 feet and a 92 feet vocal height with the intensity of 1900000 candela that could be seen from 18 nautical miles.
Number 22 – Split Rock Lighthouse, Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA
Built because of too many ships lost at sea in the area is the lighthouse known as Split Rock Lighthouse. It is said that over 29 ships wrecked in Lake Superior. This lighthouse light’s first lit in 1910 and would be deactivated in 1969. The foundation of this lighthouse is stone and has a octagon shape. Tires height 54 feet and sits on a cliff that stands over 130 feet. The lens is a third order,b i- valve type Fresnel lens that could be seen at 22 nautical miles
Number 23 – St. Mary’s Lighthouse, England
Located on Bait Island which is also known as St. Mary’s Island is a lighthouse that was built by John Miller in 1898 and is known as St. Mary’s Lighthouse. This lighthouse is made of brick and was made in 1898 and would be automated in 1982 and in the year of 1984 it would be deactivated. The shape of the tower is considered a tapered cylinder shape which has a lantern and a balcony. The tower is 151 feet in height and with a light range of 17 nautical miles. St. Mary’s lighthouse is also the last lighthouse that was lit by oil.
Number 24 – Portland Head Light Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA
This lighthouse is one of the most historic lighthouses in the state of Maine. Located in Portland Harbor is the Portland Head Light Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1791 not only is it one of the most historic places in Maine but is also one of the oldest and the United States Coast Guard controls the fog horn and the beacon. It was first lit in the year of 1791 and would later be automated in 1989. The construction of this beautiful lighthouse is made with rubble stone and is lined with brick in a circular shape. The tower has a height of 24.38 meters and a focal height of 31 meters, the first lens was a Fresnel lens of the fourth order that has a DCB 224 airport aero beacon in it today and can be seen at 24 nautical miles.
Number 25 – Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada
This lighthouse is Nova Scotia’s busiest tourists attractions and is considered an iconic Canadian image is a lighthouse known as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse which is also known as Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. The history of this lighthouse is that the lighthouse keeper would light a oil lamp that would highly magnify by a silverplated mirror which made the light a red color which marked the entrance to the St. Margaret’s Bay. It would first be constructed in 1868 the first time it would be list would be in 1915 and to this day is still running in 2019. It is constructed of concrete and steel the octagon shape which also includes a lantern and a balcony. The towers height is at 49 feet and has a focal length of 72 feet and the light would have a range of 10 nautical miles.
Number 26 – Old Scituate Lighthouse, Massachusetts, USA
This lighthouse was appropriated for $4000 by the US government to be built as a entranceway of the Scituate Harbor in Massachusetts in the month of May, 1810. This lighthouse is called the Old Scituate Light which is a historic lighthouse located at Cedar Point in Massachusetts and was put on the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1987. This lighthouse was first lit and 1811 with the construction of granite and brick and with an octagon tower shape, the tower is white and green in color and stands over 70 feet above sea level with a height of 25 feet and a focal height of 15 meters. In 1811 this lighthouse when it first opened had a pan lamp but in 1850 a Fresnel lens was installed.
Number 27 – Enragee Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada
Located at Cheticamp Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a lighthouse with a height of 42 feet high which is also 73 feet above sea level. The structure of this lighthouse was concrete what gives this lighthouse some charm is its fog horn. The structure was first built in 1937 but later in the year 1955 it would be rebuilt by the use of metal. This lighthouse has a white tower and a red beacon
Number 28 – East Point Lighthouse, Maurice River Township, New Jersey, USA
This lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on the 25th of August, 1995 and in 2017 the interior and exterior of this beautiful lighthouse was fully restored for the people of Heislerville, New Jersey. This lighthouse is known as the East Point Light and was first built in 1849 but was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1971. This is also the second oldest lighthouse in the state of New Jersey, Sandy Hook Light is the oldest in the state which was built in 1764. This lighthouse built out of stone and brick with the tower built in a rectangular shape and the roof in a octagon shape. The tower stands over 40 feet high and has a sixth order Fresno lens.
Number 29 – Cape Palliser Lighthouse, New Zealand
This lighthouse has 528 steps from the base of the tower, to the top and is one out of three light houses in New Zealand that has a very distinctive paint scheme which is red and white stripes. This lighthouse is known as Cape Palliser Lighthouse and it is operated and owned by Maritime New Zealand. This lighthouse was built in 1897 and would be automated in 1986, it is made out of cast iron which holds also a balcony and a lantern with the dome of the lighthouse is painted black. This tower stands at 59 feet high and its vocal height is 256 feet and with its mains power, it can be seen over 26 nautical miles.
Number 30 – Burlington Breakwater Lighthouse, Vermont, USA
This lighthouse was constructed in 1857 and was built to protect the harbors of Burlington, Vermont. This lighthouse is known as the Burlington Breakwater Lights and is in the National Register of Historic Places. It is said that the bulbs in the lighthouse had to be replaced several times because of ice damage and fire damage. The tower that is seen today is a replica which was first lit in 2003 and is also automated. The construction of the tower is made of wood and is in a square shaped, the tower itself is white in color and stands at 35 feet in height which it’s light can be seen at 12 nautical miles.
Number 31 – Enoshima Lighthouse, Fujisawa, Japan
This very unusual looking lighthouse is also used as a observation tower which has two observation decks, this lighthouse is known as Enoshima Lighthouse which is also known as the Enoshima Sea Candle. This lighthouse was built and finished in 2002 on 31, of December the wasn’t opened until 29th of April in 2003. Enoshima Electric Railway is the owner of this marvelous looking tower stands at 59.8 meters in height and over 119.6 meters above sea level. The Sea Candle today replaced the original lighthouse that was built in 1951. This awesome looking lighthouse received a good design award in 2004 in the category of environment design and architecture and environmental design.
Number 32 – Hook Head Light Lighthouse, Ireland
It is said that this lighthouse is a fascinating example of architecture in the mid-evil times in Ireland, and not only is the tower over four stories high but they are four meters thick it also holds a stairway with the hundred and 15 steps. This lighthouse is known as the Hook Lighthouse or the Hook Head Lighthouse sits on top of Hook Peninsula and this is also one of the oldest lighthouse’s that you will ever find on this planet. It was first constructed in 1172 and would be automated in 1996. The construction is made of limestone very broad cylinder tower that is white in color which holds a double balcony and a lantern, there is also two black rings around the tower. This lighthouse is 115 feet in height with the focal height of 151 feet, it carries a third order Fresnel lens which can be seen from 23 nautical miles.
Number 33 – New Dungeness Lighthouse, Clallam County, Washington, USA
Before this building was a lighthouse, wants used to be a one and a half story duplex that just happen to have 100 foot tower built onto it. This lighthouse is the New Dungeness Light. This lighthouse was first built in 1857 which is also the year it was first lit and would be automated in 1976.The construction of the lighthouse is made from stucco, brick, and sandstone. The tower on this lighthouse is shaped what is known as conical, it stands 63 feet in height and has the focal height of 20 meters. In the beginning it had a third order Fresnel lens but would be removed it could be seen for 18 nautical miles.
Number 34 – Felgueiras Lighthouse, Porto, Portugal
Located offshore, at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Douro River in Portugal is a lighthouse known as Felgueiras Lighthouse. This lighthouse has the focal height of 17 meters and was automated in 1979 and is one of the largest tourist attractions in Portugal. This lighthouse was built in 1886 and would be shut down in 2009. But even though this beautiful lighthouse has been shut down for good it is still open for people to come and view it.
Number 35 – Mouro Island Lighthouse, Santander, Spain
It is said during the Peninsular War of July 1812 the island was ruled by Napoleon’s forces to Great Britain is able to capture the Island and took it from Napoleon which allowed ships of Spain make landfall. This lighthouse is known as the Mouro Island Lighthouse which has the height of 18.70 meters and a focal height of 39 meters in which it’s light can be seen 11 nautical miles.
Number 36 – Lindau Lighthouse, Germany
This lighthouse is the southernmost in Germany and it is located on Lake Constance and on the side is a huge clock. This lighthouse is known as Lindau Lighthouse and it was constructed in 1856 and was automated in the 1990s.The construction of this tower is made of stone which is in a cylinder shape, containing a lantern and a balcony. The tower height is 108 feet and the focal height is 115 feet. The lens is a rotator with two parabolic reflectors
Number 37 – Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
This lighthouse was created because of many shippers they complained how dangerous the waters were around Palos Verdes Peninsula, this lighthouse is called the Point Vicente Light. This lighthouse was constructed in 1926 and was automated in 1973. It’s foundation is a concrete base along with the construction of the lighthouse itself which is reinforced concrete. Its shape is a cylinder tower that includes a lantern and a balcony. The tower itself is white in color and the lantern is black. The height of the tower is 67 feet and a focal height of 155 feet. The lens is a third order Fresnel lens which can be seen 24 nautical miles away.
Number 38 – Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Argentina
This lighthouse is a very popular attraction for tourists which can be reached and seen by tours on boat and is known by the people living in Argentina as a lighthouse at the end of the world, this lighthouse is known as Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. The French call this lighthouse “the scouts”. It was constructed in 1920 which has the base of masonry while the tower itself is made of brick. Shape of the tower is still under which has a lantern and a balcony. The tower is red in color with large white bands, while the lantern is black. The towers height is 36 feet, and its focal height is 74 feet, the light source is a electric light powered by solar which can be seen 10 nautical miles away.