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At the watchtower of Ruhnu island, Estonia

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A beautiful panoramic view over the green expanses of Ruhnu opens from the tower, which stands at the highest point of the island, Håubjärre hill.
An elegant red metal lighthouse arises over the forest next to the watchtower.

Only a few quadruped (standing on four legs) lighthouses were built and today it is the only remaining survivor in the Baltic Sea region. Its height is 39,5 metres, which makes its lantern be at 65 metres above sea level. The cast iron construction was prefabricated in France and assembled on Ruhnu in 1877 (the station existed on the island since 1646). It is said to have been designed by Gustave Eiffel and according to the plaque on the lighthouse door it was made in 1875 in Le Havre, in Normandy, France, by the company Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée.

The lighthouse was severely damaged during the World War I, but was repaired, and today this veteran, having seen a great deal of history in his lifetime, is in working order and continues to light up the way for travelers.

Read more about the lighthouse at http://www.7is7.com/otto/estonia/ruhnu_lighthouse.html


More information: http://www.ruhnu.ee/eng

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