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Tower of Hercules: Oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world

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Tower of Hercules: Oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world

Tower of Hercules: Oldest functioning Roman lighthouse in the world

The Tower of Hercules is the only Roman lighthouse from its origins till today that continues to work. In addition, since 2009, it is the only lighthouse listed in the World Heritage of UNESCO. It is also the second highest lighthouse of Spain.

Its construction dates from late 1st century - early 2nd century. So it is some 2000 years old! It was build by the Romans in the finis terrae of the known world at the time in order to accompany the ships that skirted the western end of the Empire. Today it continues to guide mariners on the North Atlantic Ocean.

The tower dominates the northern end of the peninsula where it is located on a cliff known as "Punta Eiras", between Punta Herminia and Punta del Orzán.

It has a quadrangular base measuring almost 12 m on each side 39 ft and a height of 55 m / 180 ft. Of these almost 35 m correspond to Roman building, with the remainder coming from the restoration that took place at the end of the 18th century to adapt the system of maritime signaling to the legislation.

When the Romans built this tower, it was far from Brigantium,the population that gave rise to the present city of La Coruña, but today it forms part of it, located in a green space of about 50 Ha which is one of the most famous urban parks of the city.

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What else is there
La Coruña is a wonderful city and full of life. Wandering through its streets, starting with the emblematic Plaza de María Pita, is an experience that will surprise you with every step.
Walk through the Old Town with its medieval and baroque layout, visit the churches of Santo Domingo and Santiago, the Azcarraga, Lugo and the Barbarians squares, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Campo, the house where Pablo Picasso began his art studies at the age of 10 years and today converted into a museum. Enjoy the Riazor beach, the promenade, the Garden of La Rosaleda, the Coast of death, the Castle of San Anton, the markets of Saint Lucia and St. Augustine ...
La Coruña is a city where you will not be bored.
In addition, just over 100 km away you have two other MOSTPOINTS to conquer. At 120 km / 75 mi, Estaca de Bares, Spain's northernmost point. Cape Touriñán at 107 km / 66 mi, the place where this country finishes its mainland in the west, surrendering to the Atlantic. Take advantage of this the opportunity and come home with 3 new Badges on your profile.

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You can visit this MOSTPOINT every day. There are also free tours. Find out more on the official website. There you will also find more interesting facts about the Tower and its surroundings.
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