Friday, January 10, 2014

Tower of Hercules, Galicia - SPAIN - UNESCO #1312

One of the most famous landmarks in A Coruña is of course The Tower of Hercules. With almost 2000 years, this is the oldest lighthouse still working - of course that there's been lots of modifications since the first tower was built, but all the original construction is well preserved inside recent walls. The visit is very interesting and the view from above simply awesome - in a week of almost constant rain, we had the luck of getting a couple of hours of sun to visit this amazing site. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1312 - Tower of Hercules - SPAIN

The Tower of Hercules has served as a lighthouse and landmark at the entrance of La Coruña harbour in north-western Spain since the late 1st century A.D. when the Romans built the Farum Brigantium. The Tower, built on a 57 metre high rock, rises a further 55 metres, of which 34 metres correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration directed by architect Eustaquio Giannini in the 18th century, who augmented the Roman core with two octagonal forms. Immediately adjacent to the base of the Tower, is a small rectangular Roman building. 

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