Thursday, September 29, 2011

0088. South Africa - Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is South Africa's third oldest Light Station and second oldest surviving Lighthouse (after Green Point Light).  The Lighthouse marks the Southernmost point of Africa and is located at the junction of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

This historic light, was de-activated in 1968 when the sandstone walls made the tower appear unsafe.  In 1988, the Lighthouse was completely restored and re-activated.  In Mar'99, the Lighthouse celebrated its 150th anniversary celebration.  The Lighthouse is located on the point of the Cape, about 8 km South of Hotagterklip.

South African Post commemorated the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse by the release of 40c stamp on 9-Jun-1988

Built in 1849, the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse:
  • Tower is sandstone 
  • Tower is painted WHITE with two RED HORIZONTAL bands
  • Height is 27 meters
  • Colour scheme of LIGHT is WHITE
  • Light character is a FLASH every 5 seconds

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