Lighthouse Series


Lighthouses have been used to protect ships for hundreds of years. From the ancient Pharos of Alexandria lighthouse to the modern day versions that use advanced lens and lighting, civilizations have constructed elaborate towers to keep ships from dangerous currents, rocks, and shallow waters. Many of the lighthouses in our series have been around for decades, some of them centuries. They've been upgraded to the latest technology and some have even been moved due to erosion and climate change. However, despite their age, they continue to keep important shipping lanes safe all year long.

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Bass Harbor Head Light

Maine, USA

Located in Acadia National Park, the lighthouse was first lit in 1858.

Photo by Kade

Battery Point Light

California, USA

First lit in 1856, it still remains in operation today.

Photo by Alan Schmierer

Big Sable Point Light

Michigan, USA

Built in 1867, you can volunteer to live and work at this lighthouse for 2 week periods.

Photo by Michelle Caldwell

Bodie Island Lighthouse

North Carolina, USA

Built in 1872, it's the third lighthouse to have stood at this location.

Photo by

Boston Light

Massachusetts, USA

Located on Little Brewster Island, it's the second oldest working lighthouse in the U.S.

Photo by adambalsam

Cabo de São Vicente


The southwesternmost point of Portugal and mainland Europe.

Photo by Lexe-I

Cap Spartel Lighthouse


The lighthouse protects ships as the enter the Straight of Gibraltar.

Photo by William John Gauthier

Cape Byron Light


Completed in 1901, it is located on the easternmost point of Australia's mainland.

Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ

Cape Hatteras Light

North Carolina, USA

Located on Hatteras Island, it protects ships from the shifting sandbars of the Outer Banks.

Photo by scott1346

Cape Neddick Light

Maine, USA

Often called Nubble Light, the lighthouse sits 88 feet above the sea below.

Photo by Kevin Gill

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

New Zealand

A popular tourist attraction located on the northern tip of New Zealand.

Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ

Chania Lighthouse


Constructed in the 1830's, it's often referred to as the "Egyptian" lighthouse.

Photo by Tim Dobbelaere

Cordouan Lighthouse


Constructed in 1611, it is the oldest lighthouse in France.

Photo by Gadjo_Niglo

Diamond Head Lighthouse

Hawaii, USA

Operated by the US Coast Guard, the lighthouse was first constructed in 1898.

Photo by karendesuyo

Eldred Rock Light

Alaska, USA

This octagonal lighthouse stands 56 feet (17 m) tall and was constructed in 1905..

Photo by NOAA Photo Library

Fanad Head Lighthouse


Originally built in 1817, the current lighthouse was first lit in 1866.

Photo by Barry

Faro San Giorgio Maggiore


A 15-meter tall lighthouse near San Giorgio Maggiore in the Ventian Lagoon.

Photo by x70tjw

Farol da Barra


A historic beacon standing at the entrance of All Saints' Bay in Salvador, Brazil.

Photo by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

Formentor Lighthouse


Built in 1863, it sits at the tip of the Balearic island.

Photo by

Galle Lighthouse

Sri Lanka

Galle Lighthouse, built in 1939, is Sri Lanka's oldest light station.

Photo by Francisco Anzola

Green Point Lighthouse

South Africa

Located on Mouille Point, it's the oldest operational lighthouse in South Africa.

Photo by Regina Hart

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Oregon, USA

The beam from this lighthouse is visible for 21 nautical miles, the strongest on the Oregon Coast.

Photo by Rennett Stowe

Homigot Lighthouse

South Korea

Built in 1903, it remains the tallest lighthouse in South Korea.

Photo by Paul B.

Hook Lighthouse


Built in 1172, it's the second oldest operating lighthouse in the world.

Photo by Ruben Holthuijsen

Jeddah Light

Saudi Arabia

Built in 1990, Jeddah Light is the tallest lighthouse in the world at 133 m (436 ft).

Photo by yasser zareaa

José Ignacio Lighthouse


Built in 1877, this beautiful lighthouse has spectacular views of the surrounding beaches.

Photo by Serge

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Florida, USA

This 105-foot (32 m) tall lighthouse sits on top of a natural sand dune protecting it from the ocean.

Photo by Bureau of Land Management

Kermorvan Lighthouse


Built in 1849, it remains an active lighthouse on the westernmost point of France.

Photo by Yann Caradec

Killantringan Lighthouse

United Kingdom

The lighthouse stands tall along the rugged Scotland coastline.

Photo by Andrew Bowden

Kovalam Lighthouse


Built in 1972, this picturesque lighthouse is located near Kovalam beach.

Photo by Kerala Tourism

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse

Constructed in 1920, this brick lighthouse stands 11 meters (36 feet) tall.

Photo by Mckay Savage

Lindau Lighthouse


Located on Lake Constance, it's the southernmost lighthouse in Germany.

Photo by Keith Roper

Lindesnes Lighthouse


Lindesnes Lighthouse was occupied by the Germans during World War II.

Photo by Achim

Lorain Lighthouse

Ohio, USA

The "Jewell of the Port" was put into service in 1917.

Photo by Rona Proudfoot

Low Lighthouse

United Kingdom

The lighthouse sits on 9 legs to keep it above the changing tides.

Photo by michael warren

Makapu'u Point Lighthouse

Hawaii, USA

This lighthouse constructed in 1909 has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States.

Photo by Pete Markham

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Maine, USA

Located at the end of a raised wooden walkway, the lighthouse provides for unique photo opportunities.

Photo by Paul VanDerWerf

Montauk Point Lighthouse

New York, USA

It was the first lighthouse to be built in the state of New York.

Photo by Barbara Ann Spengler

Neist Point Lighthouse

United Kingdom

This remote lighthouse. on the Isle of Skye, was first lit back in 1909.

Photo by Luis Ascenso

Nobska Lighthouse

Massachusetts, USA

Enjoy stunning views from this historic lighthouse on Cape Cod

Photo by Don McCullough

Peggy's Point Lighthouse


A classic red and white lighthouse that is one of Nova Scotia's busiest attractions.

Photo by Stephen Lester

Perry's Victory Memorial

Ohio, USA

A 325 foot tall lighthouse and monument to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie.

Photo by daveynin

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

California, USA

At 115 feet (25 m) tall, it is tied with Point Arena Light as the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast.

Photo by Frank Schulenburg

Portland Breakwater Light

Maine, USA

This small lighthouse was built in 1855, restored in 1989, and reactivated in 2002.

Photo by Paul VanDerWerf

Portland Head Light

Maine, USA

Built in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine.

Photo by Ken Lund

Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse


First lit in 1900, it was moved inland in 2019 to prevent it from falling into the North Sea.

Photo by Ansgar Koreng

South Stack Lighthouse

United Kingdom

Built on a small island, the lighthouse is open seasonally for visitors to climb to the top.

Photo by Tom Bastin

Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota, USA

This beautiful lighthouse was featured in the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby.

Photo by Mike Goad

St Augustine Lighthouse

Florida, USA

Located on Anastasia Island, the original lighthouse was the first to be built in Florida.

Photo by traveljunction

St. Mary's Lighthouse

United Kingdom

This decommissioned lighthouse sits on a small rocky island, only accessible during low tide.

Photo by WISEBUY21

Tower of Hercules


Constructed around the 2nd century AD, it is the oldest known lighthouse in the world.

Photo by Elentir

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Maine, USA

This lighthouse is located close to the easternmost point of the contiguous United States.

Photo by J Labrador

Westerheversand Lighthouse


Built in 1908, it is one of the best-known lighthouses in Germany.

Photo by Bjoern Schwarz

Wind Point Light

Wisconsin, USA

Built in 1880, it is one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

Photo by Joseph Gage

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Oregon, USA

Constructed in Paris, the lighthouse was shipped to Oregon and first lit in 1873.

Photo by Kirt Edblom

Yokohama Marine Tower


See Mount Fuji from the towers 100-meter tall observation deck.

Photo by OiMax

Île Vierge Lighthouse


This stone lighthouse is the tallest in Europe.

Photo by Stuart Madden