Akko Light

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Akko Light
Lighthouse acre.jpg
Akko Light in 2009
Akko Light is located in Israel
Akko Light
Location Acre, Israel
Coordinates 32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500Coordinates: 32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500
Year first constructed 1864 (first)
Year first lit 1912 (current)
Foundation concrete
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with four ribs, balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern tower black and white checkerboard, grey metallic lantern dome
Height 33 feet (10 m)
Focal height 51 feet (16 m)
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 7s.
Admiralty number E5944
NGA number 113-21204
ARLHS number ISR-003

Akko Light (Hebrew: מגדלור עכו‎) or Acre Light, is an active lighthouse in the port of Acre, Israel. It is located on the South-West corner of the city's ancient walls, at what is believed to be the former site of an Ottoman Burj-El-Sanjak (Flag Tower, Hebrew: מגדל הדגל‎).[1]


The station was established in 1864.[2] As charts of the area were based on measures from 1862, the French navy chart of 1866 does not mentioned it, and it only appeared later on amended charts.[3] The current structure was established in 1912.[2]

Structure and display[edit]

The main structure is a 33 feet (10 m) tapering cylindrical concrete tower with four ribs. It is painted in a black and white checkered pattern and topped with a gray metallic lantern room and a gallery. A small white painted equipment shack stands next to the tower.[2]

The light is displayed at 51 feet (16 m). The light characteristic shown is two white flashes every seven seconds (Fl.(2)W.7s), visible for 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi).[4]

The lighthouse is closed to the public, but there is a stone stairwell going down from the base directly into the sea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dave Winter (1999). Israel handbook. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 592. ISBN 1-900949-48-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Israel". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  3. ^ "נמל עכו במפות ימיות מודרניות" [Acre port in modern marine charts] (PDF). אופקים בגאוגרפיה (56): 62–77. 2003. 
  4. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 355.  Listed as "Akko (Acre), S. of town".