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Kopu Lighthouse, Korgessaare

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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 Shoal 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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  • Nice authentic, ancient lighthouse. I really liked those panoramic views from the top. Worth visiting!  more »
  • almost a fortified Tower, a must if you are on this beautiful island. Internally, rather narrow space of scaleFattibili, but calmly. Bella vista. Pretty inside and reported. The lighthouse tour includes three visible with a combined ticket, all different and deserving
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  • The plans were necessary to climb to the observation deck of the lighthouse. Despite the adverse weather, with rain and wind we made it. Visibility in such conditions leaves much to be desired, but the lighthouse has nothing to do with anything. On the island of Hiiumaa as a whole is not so much meaningful places, so climb up the oldest existing lighthouse in the Baltics advise required. Adjacent to the Lighthouse is a good exposition of collected territory history.
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