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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  • Kopu lighthouse was competed in 1531 and is one of the oldest in the world. It is easy to understand why the location was selected hundreds of years ago. Great views.  more »
  • Very nice view, cafe right next to lighthouse, stairs are little steep but its no problem. Place to visit.  more »
  • If anything, this Lighthouse is definitely to be seen. Because the stairs are steep and small, it is worth a visit to make. When not on the stairs to avoid vastaantulevia. The landscape is stunning.
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  • Nice place to visit, there's enough information etc. A bit scary when the weather is super windy...
  • Very interesting enjoyed it especially the dungeon
  • Be prepared to hit your head on the ceiling. Nice view.
  • Kõpu lighthouse is highest point on Hiiumaa (103 m above the sea level) and the third oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the world.
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