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Inside of The Lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente. Portugal
Portugal

The Lighthouse of Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincente) is a beacon located along the coastal peninsula of Sagres Point in the civil parish of Sagres, in the Portuguese municipality of Vila do Bispo.


Approximately six kilometers from the village of Sagres, the cape is a landmark for a ship traveling to or from the Mediterranean. The cliffs rise nearly vertically from the Atlantic to a height of 75 meters. The cape is a site of exuberant marine life and a high concentration of birds nesting on the cliffs.

The present lighthouse is 24 metres (79 ft) high and was built over the ruins of a 16th-century Franciscan convent in 1846. It is one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe; its two 1,000 W lamps can be seen as far as 60 kilometres (37 mi) away.

Its position at land's end of Europe attracts visitors annually, and the Portuguese navy constructed a visitor center and museum on the site. The lighthouse and museum open are open to the public on wednesday afternoons.

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Copyright: Luis Davilla
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Taken: 03/11/2017
Uploaded: 03/11/2017
Updated: 27/03/2018
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