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These lighthouses are fascinating landmarks, many set in beautiful, weather-beaten locations.

These lighthouses are fascinating landmarks, many set in beautiful, weather-beaten locations.

Portland Head lighthouse The original lighthouse here was built in 1790. The current structure is managed by the town on Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and is a tourist attraction with a museum, gift shop, and acres of parks and trails surrounding it. Photo: James Jordan

Portland Head lighthouse The original lighthouse here was built in 1790. The current structure is managed by the town on Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and is a tourist attraction with a museum, gift shop, and acres of parks and trails surrounding it. Photo: James Jordan

Pigeon Point lighthouse You can find this tower near San Francisco Bay, but the lighthouse has been closed to tours since 2001 due to its state of disrepair. The renovated lightkeeper's house has served as a youth hostel since the mid-1960s. Photo: The Wandering Angel

Pigeon Point lighthouse You can find this tower near San Francisco Bay, but the lighthouse has been closed to tours since 2001 due to its state of disrepair. The renovated lightkeeper's house has served as a youth hostel since the mid-1960s. Photo: The Wandering Angel

Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland – The world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse was built on the Bell Rock, 11 miles (18 km) from the shoreline!  First lit in 1811, it stands 35 metres (115 ft) tall and its light is visible from 35 statute miles (56 km) inland. The challenges faced in the building of the lighthouse have led to it being described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland – The world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse was built on the Bell Rock, 11 miles (18 km) from the shoreline! First lit in 1811, it stands 35 metres (115 ft) tall and its light is visible from 35 statute miles (56 km) inland. The challenges faced in the building of the lighthouse have led to it being described as one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

Slettnes Lighthouse, Norway – The northernmost lighthouse on the European mainland, most often considered the North Cape Light, marking the “top” of Europe. The lighthouse first lit in 1905, heavily damaged during the second world war by German troops, and was restored after the war

Slettnes Lighthouse, Norway – The northernmost lighthouse on the European mainland, most often considered the North Cape Light, marking the “top” of Europe. The lighthouse first lit in 1905, heavily damaged during the second world war by German troops, and was restored after the war

Tower of Hercules, Spain - An ancient Roman lighthouse 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the city of Corunna, in north-western Spain. This ancient lighthouse is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and almost 1900 years old. It was rehabilitated in 1791. The Tower of Hercules is the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today. It is a National Monument of Spain, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tower of Hercules, Spain - An ancient Roman lighthouse 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the city of Corunna, in north-western Spain. This ancient lighthouse is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and almost 1900 years old. It was rehabilitated in 1791. The Tower of Hercules is the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today. It is a National Monument of Spain, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, United States – Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, this lighthouse was first built in 1802. The current 210 feet (64 m) high lighthouse was built in 1950  and is tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. It is still activated today

Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina, United States – Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, this lighthouse was first built in 1802. The current 210 feet (64 m) high lighthouse was built in 1950 and is tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. It is still activated today

Sambro Island Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada –  Located on an island near the community of Sambro in Nova Scotia, Canada, this lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in North America. It first lit in 1758 and it became automated in 1988. The lighthouse is 82 ft (25 m) tall

Sambro Island Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada – Located on an island near the community of Sambro in Nova Scotia, Canada, this lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in North America. It first lit in 1758 and it became automated in 1988. The lighthouse is 82 ft (25 m) tall

Most Famous Lighthouses In The World: Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, Argentina

Most Famous Lighthouses In The World: Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, Argentina

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse