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Kopu Lighthouse, Korgessaare

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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5/5 based on 15 reviews on the web
Kõpu Lighthouse is one of the best known symbols and tourist sights on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world, having been in continuous use since its completion in 1531.The lighthouse marks the Hiiu sandbank and warns ships away from the shoreline. Light from Kõpu Lighthouse can be used for navigation as far as 26nmi away, although in 1997 a radar lighthouse largely took over its role as navigation aid.Kõpu Lighthouse was previously known under its Swedish name, Upper Dagerort lighthouse.Design and locationThe lighthouse is built at the top of the highest hillock of Hiiumaa island, Tornimägi. The height of the building itself is 36m, and the light is 102.6m above sea level, making it the highest coastal light on the Baltic Sea.Kõpu Lighthouse has the shape of a square prism, with massive counterforts in the directions of principal divisions of the compass. The tower is laid solely of stone up to the height of 24m. The outside layer of the walls is supported by lime mortar, with the body itself built without mortar.The body of the tower contains roughly 5000m3 of stone, with its total weight reaching 12000t. Local limestone and glacial erratic stones were used as building material.Originally, the base of the tower was solid stone without any rooms; the top of the lighthouse was reached using external wooden stairs, which were later replaced with iron ones. During reconstruction in the 1800s, a stairway was cut into the tower and has remained in use since.
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  • This is a very historical lighthouse in Estonia. If you visit Hiiumaa (Dagö in Swedish) you should visit here with your family, friends, etc. There is a small caffee close by and also nice visit is th...  read more »
  • Awesome view from the old tower. However, be prepared to be in good condition, it's really hard stairs before one is up! Once there, good views of the Hiiumaa/Hiiumaa and the sea. Below you will find a café and a souvenir shop, ok.
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  • Open for visits from May to mid-September. At the top, to the means of the lighthouse, through a narrow passage with a low ceiling high staircase stairs-will have to try. Kinds of excellent. At the foot of the poppy has a cosy summer Café.
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