Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, an inspiration from ancient Egypt

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is the Southernmost Lighthouse and has been in operation since 1849, making it the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa. The oldest lighthouse in South Africa is Greenpoint lighthouse, which began operating in 1824. The inspiration for the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse came from 7000 kilometres away in Egypt, known as the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria, it is also the seventh wonder of the world. Pharos Lighthouse stood on the eastern point of Pharos Island some distance from the city center of Alexandria and was constructed at the beginning of the third century BC. Needless to say there is a lot of history surrounding the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and it is well worth a visit!

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