Galle Lighthouse

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Galle Lighthouse
Pointe de Galle
Galle fort light house.jpg
Galle Lighthouse
Galle Lighthouse is located in Sri Lanka
Galle Lighthouse
Sri Lanka
LocationGalle Fort
Southern Province
Sri Lanka
Coordinates6°01′28.48″N 80°13′09.76″E / 6.0245778°N 80.2193778°E / 6.0245778; 80.2193778Coordinates: 6°01′28.48″N 80°13′09.76″E / 6.0245778°N 80.2193778°E / 6.0245778; 80.2193778
Year first constructed1848 (first)
Year first lit1939 (current)
Constructioncast iron tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height26.5 metres (87 ft)
Focal height28 metres (92 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Range47 nautical miles (87 km; 54 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 15s.
Admiralty numberF0830
NGA number27284
ARLHS numberSLI-0018
Managing agentSri Lanka Ports Authority[1]

Galle Lighthouse (also known as Pointe de Galle Light)[2] is an onshore Lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.[3]


This is Sri Lanka's oldest light station[1] dating back to 1848,[2] but the original 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) lighthouse built by the British[4] was located about 100 metres (330 ft) from the current site; however, it was destroyed by fire in 1934.[2][1] The existing 26.5-metre-high (87 ft) lighthouse was erected here in 1939.[2][1] The original light was furnished with a glass prism lens floating in a bath of mercury (to reduce friction) and was powered by a weight driven machine.[5][self-published source]

The light station is within the walls of the ancient Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site and well known tourist attraction.[1] The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.

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  1. ^ a b c d e Rowlett, Russ (13 February 2006). "Lighthouses of Sri Lanka". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Galle Light". Lighthouse Explorer. Foghorn Publishing. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ "List of Lighthouses in Sri Lanka". The Team Traveller. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  4. ^ Sailing Directions for the West Coast of India - Issue 159. United States Hydrographic Office. 1920. p. 167.
  5. ^ Sorila, Eero (2012). Lighthouses Big and Small. Xlibris Corporation. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4691-8037-3.

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