Saturday, March 16, 2013

0194. India - Mahabalipuram Lighthouse

Mahabalipuram Lighthouse is a best known Lighthouse in the India's Eastern Coast. There were two lighthouse(s) located atop a large rock.

The earliest Lighthouse was a 20 meter high square stone structure which was built around the start of 8th century.  Fires were lit atop this for centuries as a guide to seamen.  In 1877, the British placed a lantern atop which was removed subsequently.  Since 1900, this lighthouse is inactive.  The structure is today seen on the side of the present day Lighthouse.

In 1900, the new 26 meter high un-painted round stone tower Lighthouse was built atop the large rock.  This is one of the most commonly visited Lighthouse in India. 

The Mahabalipuram Lighthouse was commemorated by India Post with the release of a 5 rupees stamp on 23-Dec-2012. 

Built in the year 1887 and re-built in 1900, the MAHABALIPURAM Lighthouse:
  • Tower is ROUND stone
  • Height is 26 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is a FLASH every 10 seconds

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