lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente

Lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente in February, 2008, situated in the most southwest corner of Europe on one of both rock capes. Because these points were of course also from strategic significance, they are developed as small fortresses.
It is the oldest lighthouse of Portugal.

lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente
(works since 1846, 1926 electrified, 1982 automated, height of building 28 m, height of fire 86 m, range of light white 32 sm, characteristic [Fl W 5s] one flash every five seconds, int. No.: D 2168)
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coordinates (GPS): 3701'23.3''N - 0859'45.2''W
lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente

During the day the lantern room is overcast with white cloths, so that the sunlight doesn't shine on the lens optics of the tower and arranges no damage in the focus point. At least, the tower owns one of the biggest Fresnellinse of the world: 4 metres in the diameter, 1.33 metres deep. The tower received these optics in 1908 when it was raised by 5.8 m. In 1914 it received a fog signal.

lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente

The view to Cabo de Sao Vicente from Ponta de Sagres only some kilometres away. There stands another lighthouse which also marks the South-West-Cape of Europe.

lighthouse Cabo de Sao Vicente
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