Jaffa Light in 2006
|Year first constructed||1865|
|Year first lit||1936|
|Construction||concrete tower with lantern and gallery|
|Tower shape||cylindrical with four ribs|
|Markings / pattern||red and white horizontal bands|
|Height||10 metres (33 ft)|
|Characteristic||four white flashes, every 14s|
Jaffa Light (Hebrew: מגדלור יפו is a lighthouse in Jaffa, Israel. It is located on a hilltop above the old Jaffa Port. It operated between 1865 and 1966, although it is still used as a daylight navigation aid.
The lighthouse is fenced and closed to the public, though the site is open.
The lighthouse appeared on a stamp issued in 26 November 2009 in Israel.
Jaffa Light was built by French engineers in 1865. It was built as part of operations carried out by the Ottoman authorities to improve the port facilities, mainly due to the increase in export of citrus fruit, and especially oranges, the well known "Jaffa oranges".
The lighthouse keeper from 1875 was an Armenian who came from Jerusalem. He was trained by the same French company who built the lighthouse. Around 1938 his son was trained by the same French company and replaced him, probably as result of the lighthouse being rebuilt. His grandson, Abu George, was the "technician", responsible for keeping the lamp lit. The son was the official keeper until the lighthouse was shut down in 1966.
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- "Lighthouses in Israel". Philately News. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- Amit Harry (25 August 2009). "טיפים לשטים בנמל יפו" [Tips for Sailing in the Jaffa Port]. Jaffa Portal. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "מגדלי אור והיסטוריה בחופי ישראל" [Lighthouses and History at the Shores of Israel]. Sailing News Magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- "חופי הכרך תל אביב יפו" [On the waterfront Tel-Aviv Jaffa]. shezaf.net. Retrieved 27 July 2010. Note that Abu George is quoted saying "I had to watch the Carbide lamp, feed it kerosene every two hours.", which makes little sense.
- "מדריך טיולים - יפו העתיקה" [Old Jaffa - Tour Guide]. travel-israel.co.il. Retrieved 2 August 2010.