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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  • August 13, 2017
    During the summers the pilgrims many tourists out to Hiiumaa (Dagö) to just visit the KÖPU LIGHTHOUSE! It's crowded in the old hewn stairs but once up in the lighthouse, you get a good view of the whole island of Hiiumaa!
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  • August 4, 2017
    The most significant ancient Hanseatic lighthouse at Hiijumaa. The place is very beautiful-of course, pine! Tourist okulturennoe-parking, cafes, souvenir shops, stands, summarizing the history of the lighthouse, the species made and here is wifi-no! That is very strange for Estonia:)
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  • July 3, 2017
    If you dont have been in Kõpu tuletorn, then you don't have been in Hiiumaa :) It's really nice outside and inside, and more fantastic views! Its best to visit before closing time, then there is not s...  more »

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