What's the oldest lighthouse standing today?

The Tower of Hercules (pictured) dates back to Roman times. 

22nd July 2009
What's the oldest lighthouse standing today? (iStock)

Asked by: Kerry Waters, by email

Probably the Tower of Hercules lighthouse, which dates back to Roman times and stands on a headland near the city of La Coruna on Spain's northwestern coast. The original Roman lighthouse - called a pharos - was built in the 2nd century AD, with a spiral wooden ramp up the outside for fuel to be carried for burning at the top.

 


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