Light the Way: The Most Beautiful Lighthouses

For some reason, lighthouses are special. Whether it’s their picturesque coastline, the romantic symbolism, or their practical function, the lighthouses of the world have been attracting wayward wanderers for centuries.

They’ve come a long way, too. Lighthouses predate defined ports by centuries. The first known lighthouse, built in 285 BC, sat on an island off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. It was 440 feet tall and kept sailors from crashing into rocks for over 1,500 years.

Lighthouses can be creepy, too. Psychological thrillers like Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Simon Hunter’s Lighthouse weave the structure’s imagery with darkness and death.

Today on Travelversed, we shine our own light on the great lighthouses of the world. We’ll take a brief look at the building’s history and maybe share a few stories along the way. So, without further ado, here are the most beautiful lighthouses in the world.

Portland Head Light – Maine

Waves meet jagged rocks at the site of the Portland Head Light in Maine. Travelers will be taken aback by the incredible sightlines of the Portland Harbor and Casco Bay. You’ll see other towers, too. The Spring Point Ledge Light, the Ram Island Ledge Light, and the Cape Elizabeth Light are all in view. Spectacular views, excursion boats, and lobstermen are among the sights and sounds.

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Lindau Lighthouse – Germany

Not to be outdone by the Americans, Lindau Lighthouse on Lake Constance in Germany was built in 1856. The tower stands 108 feet tall and sits across from the region’s famous Bavarian Lion statue. This is a port town, so the Lindau Lighthouse doesn’t have many war stories. But that doesn’t stop tourists from flocking to Lindau every single year.

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