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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 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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  • Of course lighthouse is magnificent. Majestic, white, massive and very very old. It is easy to find it even if you travel on car. Of course it is more easy to notice it from mast of Your tallship, but...  more »
  • The old white Lighthouse is today a tourist attraction and there is a cafè and a sovernirförsäljning at the lighthouse! Climbing up is not the easiest, because it is crowded and different height between steps. Once up on the lighthouse you have a nice view of the whole island of Hiiumaa!
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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...  more »