The Top Ten Tallest Lighthouses in the World

Some are big and some are small, but no matter what their size is lighthouses have served an important role in keeping countless amounts of ships and sailors from
harm. Their shining lights have served prevented countless shipwrecks by warning unsuspecting vessels away from unseen dangers. All lighthouses are amazing and often important, but which ones are the tallest? Let’s find out…


Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light, Russia
Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light, Russia

10 – Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light, Russia (Approximate Height: 239 ft)

Wiki Info: Lesnoy Mole Rear Range Light is an active lighthouse and range light in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is located in a dockyard area on the waterfront and guides ships into the commercial harbour of Saint Petersburg.

At a height of 239 feet (73 m) it is the fourth tallest “traditional lighthouse” in the world, the tallest in Russia, and the tallest range light in the world.

Phare de Gatteville, France

9 – Phare de Gatteville, France (Approximate Height: 247 ft)

Wiki Info: The Phare d’Eckmühl, also known as Point Penmarc’h Light or Saint-Pierre Light, is an active lighthouse in Penmarc’h, Finistère department, Brittany, France. At a height of 213 ft, it is one of the tallest lighthouses in the world.

Lighthouse of Genoa, Italy

8 – Lighthouse of Genoa, Italy (Approximate Height: 249 ft)

Wiki Info: It is constructed in two square portions, each one capped by a terrace; the whole structure is crowned by a lantern from which the light is shone.[1] Rebuilt in its current shape in 1543 replacing the former lighthouse, it is the world’s third oldest lighthouse, following the Tower of Hercules in A Coruña, Spain, and Kõpu Lighthouse, on the island of Hiiumaa, Estonia.

Île Vierge Lighthouse, France

7 – Île Vierge Lighthouse, France (Approximate Height: 271 ft)

Wiki Info: This is the tallest stone lighthouse in Europe and the tallest “traditional lighthouse” in the world. The International Hydrographic Organization specifies Île Vierge as marking the south-western limit of the English Channel.

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Statue of Liberty, USA

6 – Statue of Liberty, USA (Approximate Height: 305 ft)

Wiki Info: The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

Palacio Barolo, Argentina

5 – Palacio Barolo, Argentina (Approximate Height: 328 ft)

Wiki Info: This building was declared a national historic monument in 1997. Currently, the building has several travel agencies, a Spanish school for foreigners, a store that sells clothes for tango, offices and studios of architects, accountants, lawyers, etc.

Yokohama Marine Tower, Japan

4 – Yokohama Marine Tower, Japan (Approximate Height: 332 ft)

Wiki Info: The light characteristic is marked by a flash every twenty seconds, whereby the light’s colour is alternating red and green. Originally, at night, the tower shaft itself was lit green and red according to its markings, but now, after the reopening on May 2009, the lights are white.

Bicentennial Lighthouse, Argentina

3 – Bicentennial Lighthouse, Argentina (Approximate Height: 335 ft)

Wiki Info: Designed by Alejandro Cohen and built in the style of structural expressionism, this lighthouse was created as a tribute to the Argentina Bicentennial. The structure is an 80-metre-tall partial helix with a ninety-degree twist.

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Perry Memorial Monument, USA

2 – Perry Memorial Monument, USA (Approximate Height: 352 ft)

Wiki Info: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near Ohio’s South Bass Island, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812.

Jeddah Light, Saudi Arabia

1 – Jeddah Light, Saudi Arabia (Approximate Height: 436 ft)

Wiki Info: Jeddah Light is an active lighthouse in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. With a height of approximately 436 ft, it is the tallest lighthouse in the world, surpassing the previous record held by the 352 feet Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

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