Farol de Regufe

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Farol de Regufe
Metro do Porto na pvarzim.jpg
Regufe Light
Farol de Regufe is located in Portugal
Farol de Regufe
Location Póvoa de Varzim
Coordinates 41°22′28″N 8°45′17″W / 41.37441667°N 8.75475556°W / 41.37441667; -8.75475556Coordinates: 41°22′28″N 8°45′17″W / 41.37441667°N 8.75475556°W / 41.37441667; -8.75475556
Year first constructed 1886
Automated 1976
Deactivated 2001
Construction iron
Height 22 m
Intensity 500 W
Range 15
Characteristic Iso W 6s
NGA number ex(113-3156)
ARLHS number POR-060

Farol de Regufe or Regufe Light is a lighthouse in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, located in the city neighborhood of Regufe, origin of the lighthouse's naming.

History[edit]

It is known that the construction of Farol de Regufe, also occasionally named São Brás Light (Farol de São Brás) is from 1885–1886, but its origins and who designed the project are unknown. It was inaugurated, years later, on March 24, 1892.

It is one of the lighthouses representing the iron art in Northern Portugal. The cylindrical tower, painted in red, is 22 meters in height, supported by three iron braces or anchors. The lighthouse's design is unique, although there are another two iron tripods in Argentina in Cape San Antonio and Punta Médanos.

Farol de Regufe served, along with Farol da Lapa, the alignment of the slop in Póvoa Bay. In 1917 a house was constructed near the lighthouse, where, in 1929, Flávio Gonçalves, sun of the keeper, was born. Flávio Gonçalves was a notable historian of Portuguese art.

The lighthouse was restored in 1995. In December 2001 it was deactivated with the Seafarers Warning Aviso Aos Navegantes nº 25 of December 7, 2001. During the years, the lighthouse became the symbol of Regufe neighborhood, a traditional quarter of the city and one of the six participating neighborhoods in São Pedro Festival, the city's holiday, as such the local population opposed intentions to transfer the lighthouse to another location, because it was no longer needed in there.

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