What's the oldest lighthouse standing today? © iStock

What’s the oldest lighthouse standing today?

Though it's not known for sure, the Tower of Hercules (pictured here) dates back to Roman times.

Asked by: Kerry Waters, by email

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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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