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The Lighthouse of Genoa (Faro di Genova - but simply just called "la Lanterna"), is the main lighthouse for the city's port. At 76 meters (249 feet) it's the world's fifth tallest lighthouse. Rebuilt in its current shape in 1543 - replacing a former lighthouse - and until 1902 it was indeed the tallest one.

It's built on the rock of San Benigno, so that the total height of the lantern is 117 meters (383 feet) above the Mediterranean Sea. The range at which it's possible to see the flashes from the 1000 Watt halogen lamp is 25 nautical miles. Two white flashes, separated by 5 seconds, every 20th second.

Besides being an important navigation aid - especially at night - the tower is serving as a symbol and a landmark for the City of Genoa (Comune di Genova). So it's decorated with the escutcheon of the city: A red cross on white bottom.

This photo was taken from our hotel room around sunset at 20:43 CEST. The red/white "decorations" on the building to the right are obstacle markings for air traffic inbound to the airport Cristoforo Colombo, situated only 4 km to the west.

In 1449, one of the lighthouse keepers was the uncle of Christopher Columbus.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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