This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, enables you to zoom in on some of the oldest lighthouses in existence. Prior to the modern GPS systems these lighthouses guided sailors for centuries to keep them safe along dangerous land features such as hazardous shoals, reefs and harbors and direct them on their way safely. For centuries, they stood fast during the worst of times as they lighted the way past the hazards of globalization.
Click here to speed up viewing this map, it will take you to the original Google Map, complete with legend.
The locations were determined from the following:
- Wikipedia's page featuring Ancient Lighthouses
- The Lighthouse Directory by Russ Rowlett at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
|Estrada da Torre de Hércules (2nd Century)|
Wikipedia Commons / Alessio Damato
|The Roman Lighthouse at Dover Castle (12th Century)|
Wikipedia Commons / Chris McKenna