The tallest lighthouse in Europe, Ile Vierge, near Plouguerneau, Finistère, Brittany, France

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Ile Vierge Lighthouse is tallest stone lighthouse in Europe, and the tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world. The International Hydrographic Organization specifies Ile Vierge as marking the south-western limit of the English Channel. The lighthouse is 82.5 metres (271 ft) tall, made of blocks of granite. The external face is a truncated cone; the interior face is cylindrical, lined with 12,500 opaline glass tiles. There are five steps to the front door; inside, 360 steps of stone and 32 of iron lead to the lamp platform. The electric lamp was installed in 1952 on the original mechanical turning plate, sitting in a bath of mercury. The plate was replaced with an electric motor in 1983. The lamp has four lenses with a focal length of 0.5m. The twin beam gives a white flash every 5 seconds, visible for 27 nautical miles (50 km; 31 mi). Electrical generators were installed in 1959, supplemented in 1967–1994 by two wind turbines. The light and rotation are activated automatically by a photoelectric sensor. Although the lighthouse is automated, the site is still manned. The island is open to the public from April to September, as is the lighthouse, by appointment.

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Peter Schmitz on April 18, 2014

Ein schönes Bild mit feinen Farben Gene!Meine Frau liebt Leuchttürme.L & F Herzliche Grüße vom Rhein Peter

kukovic on April 27, 2014

superbe image de carte postale amitiés de france

C haydeé on April 30, 2014

¡Bellísima imagen! FAVORITE 192

Un amable saludo. Chaydeé.

juncujuncu on May 2, 2014

Beautiful view.LIKE

Greetings juncjuncu

Nick Todaro on May 10, 2014

Beautiful shot and great info! Like.

Regards, Nick

Mone de Castro on May 11, 2014

Parece foto de folder turístico. Linda composição.

L + F



dana ciszewska on June 2, 2014

Beautiful view,wonderful,pastel colours.L.Greetings.Dana

mue52 on June 26, 2014

Une photo merveilleuse - comme beaucoup que tu present ici. Best regards from Germany. Bertram

Kicaj on July 21, 2014

Ładny widok LIkE :)

Pozdrawiam Kicaj :)

rajaraman sundaram on July 24, 2014

madam gene nice frame,since feb 2014,are you on holiday!best wishes sundaram!

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Maurice MAZELLIER on October 4, 2015

Splendide..! , Image** - Bravo.. j'aime..

Darja Brus on January 11, 2016

EXCELLENT! Like! Greetings from Slovenia, Darja.

Faroma on May 12

Pekná scéna, výborné foto. LIKE.
S pozdravom Faroma.

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Photo taken in 1027 Pors Grac H, 29880 Plouguerneau, France

Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 18, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Genevieve M.
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2010/07/27 14:52:50
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100