Lighthouse of Alexandria Facts

Lighthouse of Alexandria Facts

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was the first lighthouse in the world. Construction began in 290 BC and took twenty years to complete. When it was done it was the tallest building in the world at the time, except for the Great Pyramid. It was built on the island of Pharos, to help guide trade ships into its busy harbor at Alexandria, Egypt. The lighthouse was damaged by several earthquakes and eventually became an abandoned ruin. In 1994 some of the remains of the lighthouse were discovered by French archaeologists in Alexandria's Eastern Harbor.

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The Lighthouse at Alexandria is also known as the Pharos of ...

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million dollars to build. In 290 BC it cost 800 talents (the form of money in this time).

It is thought to have been constructed of limestone blocks.

The lowest level of the lighthouse was 100 feet square and 240 feet high. The second level had eight sides and was about 115 feet tall. The third level was a 60 foot high cylinder that had an opening at the top to allow a space where the fire burned to light the way for sailors in the night. On top of this was a statue in honor of Poseidon, the god of the sea.

The Lighthouse at Alexandria was approximately 450 feet tall.

Inside the lighthouse there were stairs that allowed people to climb to the beacon chamber.

It was reported that there was a large mirror inside, possibly made of polished bronze. The purpose of the mirror was to project a beam of light from the reflection of the fire.

It was damaged by three earthquakes. After the last earthquake it was abandoned and fell to ruins. This allowed sailors to see the ...

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