Travel Stock Photo: ID # FRMNLH001

Copyright : Jean-Philippe Soule
 

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Cordouan Lighhouse, National Monument of Gironde, France.

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One of the most famous lighthouses in the world is the Phare de Cordouan (Cordouan lighthouse) located at the entrance of the Gironde river at an equidistance of 7 kms, separating the departments of Gironde and Charentes (Latitude: North 4535'11'' and Longitude: West 110'25'' ).

The Cordouan lighthouse was first built in 1584 by Louis DE FOIX and Francois BEUSCHER. The towers were renovated by Teulere in 1862. The tower is 64.8 meter tall and its light can be seen from 21 miles.

A chapel was built on the first floor. Beautiful colored glass decorate the tall windows. King Louis XIV enjoyed spending time in this lighthouse where he had his own bedroom. Today it is called the king bedroom. Although the lighthouse is still operational to guide ships to the entrance of the Gironde river (It is the oldest of the French lighthouses still in activity), it is also a popular tourist destination. In addition to its unique and beautiful architecture, tourists also enjoy fishing from the beach and the hundreds of small tide pools hosting shrimps and crabs. Delicious oysters also grow wild and many visitors bring their oyster knives to enjoy them at their freshest.

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Country: France   /   Region: Gironde

 

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Destinations - France
 

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