Ovisi Lighthouse

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Ovisi Lighthouse
Ovišu bāka
Ovīšbāka lighthouse.jpg
Ovisi Lighthouse
Ovisi Lighthouse is located in Latvia
Ovisi Lighthouse
Location Ventspils Municipality
Coordinates 57°34′07.7″N 21°42′57.3″E / 57.568806°N 21.715917°E / 57.568806; 21.715917Coordinates: 57°34′07.7″N 21°42′57.3″E / 57.568806°N 21.715917°E / 57.568806; 21.715917
Year first constructed 1814
Construction stone tower
Tower shape broad cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 33 metres (108 ft)
Focal height 38 metres (125 ft)[1]
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic FI W 7.5s Edit this on Wikidata
Admiralty number C3470
NGA number 12192
ARLHS number LAT-011
Latvia number UZ-475[2]
Heritage National industrial monument Edit this on Wikidata

Ovisi Lighthouse (Latvian: Ovišu bāka) — a lighthouse located in Tārgale on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea. The lighthouse in Tārgale, is the oldest functioning lighthouse in Latvia; the village was once a settlement of plunderers which made false signal-fires to rob seamen on stranded ships and steal their goods. The locality, on historic maps, is known as Lusesort. The name originates from the Swedish word lysa, meaning to burn;[3] ort meaning cape.[4] When the lighthouse was built in the nineteenth century, it was used as a navigational aid, with its walls more than half a metre thick. The lighthouse is 33 metres in height, built as a double-cylindrical structure, with a 3.5 metre high storage building westward of the lighthouse. Currently the base of the lighthouse houses a museum based on the history of Latvia's lighthouses.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Latvian: Latvijas Hidrogrāfijas dienests
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Latvia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lysa". The People's Dictionary. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Ort". The People's Dictionary. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Latvian Lighthouses". Bakas. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Ovisi Lighthouse". Latvia Travel. Retrieved 10 May 2015.