Phare de L'Ile Vierge
I had barely any battery left, but the people had gone so I took my shots sparingly with the camera on the floor, til I got the one I wanted.
1902 (station established 1845). Active; focal plane 77 m (253 ft);
white flash every 5 s. 82.5 m (271 ft) round granite tower with
lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted gray stone; lantern
roof is weathered green. 1° Fresnel lens. This is the tallest stone
lighthouse ever built and the tallest lighthouse in Europe, designed
to be visible at a distance of 50 km (31 mi). There are 365 steps to
reach the gallery, 400 in all to reach the lantern room. Construction
began in 1897 and required five years. The centennial of the
lighthouse was celebrated in July 2002. A masterpiece of French
architecture, the building has an elegance rarely seen in lighthouses;
Jacque Witt's photos convey something of the style of the structure.
Gaston Pigeaud began work on the design in the 1880s, and the plan was
completed and supervised by Armand Considère; the contractor was
Gustave Corre. Vaur has excellent photos, and Google has a satellite
view. Tours to the island, including access to the lighthouse, can be
arranged in Lilia. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower open by
arrangement. ARLHS FRA-038; Admiralty A1822; NGA 114-7716.
info above from: www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/fns.htm