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The first lighthouse on record was built between 300 and 280 BC by the Egyptians. Called Pharos of Alexandria, it was used to guide boats to the island of Pharos and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Since then, these beacons of light have helped ships navigate rough waters, rocky coasts and treacherous sailing.
Here are 15 unique and beautiful lighthouses around the world.
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse – North Island, New Zealand
The Cape Reinga Lighthouse is located at the tip of New Zealand where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. From this vantage point, you can watch as the two sea currents swirl together. When it was built in 1941, it was one of the least accessible lighthouses in the country.
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Cape Neddick Light – York, Maine
Cape Neddick Light, also known as “Nubble Light,” was built in 1879 and is still in use today. Though not accessible to the general public, it can be viewed from the mainland by telescope.
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Fingal Head Light – Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia
When the Fingal Head Light was first built in 1872, the…
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