Tower of Hercules World Heritage Site

Ancient lighthouse in Spain

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Tower of Hercules
Native names
Galician: Torre de Hércules
Spanish: Torre de Hércules
A coruna torre de hercules sunset edit.jpg
LocationCoruña, Galicia, Spain
Coordinates43°23′9″N 8°24′23″W / 43.38583°N 8.40639°W / 43.38583; -8.40639Coordinates: 43°23′9″N 8°24′23″W / 43.38583°N 8.40639°W / 43.38583; -8.40639
Elevation57 metres (187 ft)
Built2nd century AD
Visitors149,440[1] (in 2009)
Governing bodyMinistry of Culture
Official nameTower of Hercules
Designated2009 (33rd session)
Reference no.1312
RegionEurope and North America
Official nameTorre de Hércules
TypeRoyal property
Designated3 June 1931
Reference no.(R.I.) - 51 - 0000540 - 00000
Tower of Hercules is located in Galicia
Tower of Hercules
Site of the Tower of Hercules in Galicia

The Tower of Hercules (Spanish: Torre de Hércules) is an ancient Roman lighthouse on a peninsula about 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the centre of A Coruña, Galicia, in north-western Spain. Until the 20th century, the tower was known as the "Farum Brigantium". The Latin word farum is derived from the Greek Φάρος Pharos for the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The structure is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and overlooks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure, built in the 2nd century and renovated in 1791, is the oldest lighthouse in use today.

There is a sculpture garden featuring works by Pablo Serrano and Francisco Leiro.[2] The Tower of Hercules is a National Monument of Spain, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 27 June 2009.[3] It is the second-tallest lighthouse in Spain, after the Faro de Chipiona.

  1. ^ "As visitas á Torre de Hércules incrementáronse en 20.000 persoas durante o ano pasado" [Visits to the Tower of Hércules have grown in 20.000 people during last year]. (in Spanish). January 4, 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ Thomas Baldwin (1847). "Tower%20of%20Hercules" A Universal Pronouncing Gazetteer ... Lindsay & Blakiston. p. 169.[failed verification]
  3. ^ UNESCO website

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