Fårö Lighthouse

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Fårö fyr
Gotland, Faro Island, Faro Lighthouse (Faro Fyr), September 2013.jpg
Location Fårö, North Gotland, Sweden
Coordinates 57°58′N 19°21′E / 57.967°N 19.350°E / 57.967; 19.350Coordinates: 57°58′N 19°21′E / 57.967°N 19.350°E / 57.967; 19.350
Year first constructed 1847
Year first lit 1847
Automated 1976
Deactivated Active
Foundation Limestone
Construction Stone
Tower shape cylindrical tower
Markings / pattern White
Height 30 m
Focal height 30 m
Original lens Mirrors
Current lens 4th order Fresnel lens
Range 17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)
Characteristic Iso WR 8 s
Admiralty number C7162
NGA number 9844

Fårö Lighthouse (Swedish: Fårö fyr) is a Swedish lighthouse located on the easternmost tip of Fårö. In the 19th century there had been many complaints from sea authorities that the coastlines on Gotland had very few lighthouses. So the decision was made to build one on the north side of Gotland. This lighthouse was constructed one year after the one on Hoburgen at the south tip of Gotland.

The light ran on a colza oil lamp at first. In 1882 a paraffin lamp replaced the old one, and in 1953 it was electrified. From 1891 to 1976 the tower had a first-order Fresnel lens installed in its lantern which made the lighthouse very powerful. It is remote-controlled since 1976 and owned by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

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