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Tower of Hercules

Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the 1st century AD. The tower was built on a 57 metres high rock and rises 55 metres. The tower is located at the entrance of La Coruña harbour in Spain. The major restoration of the Tower of Hercules took place between 1788 and 1806, its height was raised by 21 metres, the lantern and lighting system were replaced and a platform was built around its base. At the base of the tower stands a small Roman building. The Tower of Hercules is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse still in use today. The Tower of Hercules was built by Gaius Sevius Lupus, a Roman architect from Aeminium, the present-day Coimbra in Portugal. The Roman lighthouse was built to serve as a navigational aid for ships that sailed towards Britain or were coming from the dangerous rounding of Cape Finisterre. The Tower of Hercules Sculptures Park is a monument dedicated to the victims of the Spanish Civil War, there is monument modelled after Stonehenge. The Tower of Hercules was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2009.

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Tower of Hercules - The Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the 1st century AD. The tower was built on a 57 metres high rock and rises 55 metres. The...

The Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the 1st century AD. The tower was built on a 57 metres high rock and rises 55 metres. The tower is situated at the entrance of the harbour of La Coruña in Spain, it is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse still in use today. The Tower of Hercules is the second tallest lighthouser of Spain. The Tower of Hercules gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2009. 

  1. Tower of Hercules - The Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the 1st century AD. The tower was built on a 57 metres high rock and rises 55 metres. The...

    The Tower of Hercules is a Roman lighthouse dating from the 1st century AD. The tower was built on a 57 metres high rock and rises 55 metres. The tower is situated at the entrance of the harbour of La Coruña in Spain, it is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse still in use today. The Tower of Hercules is the second tallest lighthouser of Spain. The Tower of Hercules gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2009. 

  2. Tower of Hercules - The Tower of Hercules is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near the city of La Coruña in Spain. In 1588, the Spanish Armada sailed from La...

    The Tower of Hercules is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near the city of La Coruña in Spain. In 1588, the Spanish Armada sailed from La Coruña against England, but within a year, the armada returned battered and pursued by the English fleet and sailed past the Tower of Hercules to the harbour of La Coruña. Now, the Tower of Hercules is a national monument of Spain. The Tower of Hercules was probably modelled after the Pharos Lighthouse in Alexandria.

  3. Tower of Hercules - At the base of the Tower of Hercules is a small Roman building (on the left). The tower was built by Gaius Sevius Lupus from Aeminium,...

    At the base of the Tower of Hercules is a small Roman building (on the left). The tower was built by Gaius Sevius Lupus from Aeminium, present-day Coimbra in Portugal. The major restoration of the Tower of Hercules was in the period 1788-1806, the height of the tower was raised by 21 metres, the lantern and the lighting system were replaced and a platform was built around the base of the tower.

  4. Tower of Hercules - The Bay of La Coruña seen from the Tower of Hercules. The area around the Bay of La Coruña was colonized by the Romans. The Bay of...

    The Bay of La Coruña seen from the Tower of Hercules. The area around the Bay of La Coruña was colonized by the Romans. The Bay of La Coruña became important to the Roman shipping routes that connected their Atlantic Coast areas and the Mediterranean Sea. Now, the Tower of Hercules is surrounded by a sculpture park, dedicated to the victims of the Spanish Civil War, there is a monument modelled after Stonehenge. 

  5. Tower of Hercules - The Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse still in use today. During Roman times, the city of La Coruña was known as Brigantium,...

    The Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse still in use today. During Roman times, the city of La Coruña was known as Brigantium, an important port of the Romans. The Romans built a lighthouse in La Coruña, nowadays known as the Tower of Hercules, the lighthouse was built to serve as a navigational aid for the ships that sailed towards Britain or were coming from the dangerous rounding of Cape Finisterre. The Tower of Hercules is an UNESCO World Heritage.