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Rota lighthouse



National no.: 10140

Date of construction: 1907 (antiguo) y 1978 (nuevo)

Location: 36º 37,1’N / 06º 21,4’W. Active

The old lighthouse stood over the gateway to the walled enclosure that led to the port. The current lighthouse stands nearby, at the entrance to the port.

Visits: The old lighthouse can be visited. Visits with a guide

Description: The early lighthouse was designed by Francisco García de Sola and Rafael de la Cerda to replace the earlier light which until 1850 had lit up the low lying areas nearby and made it easier to enter the Guadalquivir. It took the form of a turret built on the walls with a height of 15 metres above sea level, sending its white light out over a distance of 9 miles. It was electrified in 1943, which extended its range to 12 miles.

Today’s lighthouse was built to a plan by Francisco Cebrián and opened in 1980. It has a cylindrical concrete shaft and is 27 metres high. Its incandescent light uses irregular lenses to project its light 16 miles distant.

Information taken from the publication LOS FAROS DE LA COSTA ANDALUZA, author T. Falcón Márquez, Edición Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes y del Boletín del Instituto Andaluz de Patrimonio Histórico.


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