Patras Lighthouse

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Patras Lighthouse
Leuchtturm Patras 2.jpg
Patras Lighthouse, 2010
LocationAgios Andreas, Patras, Municipality of Patras, Greece Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates38°14′42″N 21°43′32″E / 38.245078°N 21.725590°E / 38.245078; 21.725590Coordinates: 38°14′42″N 21°43′32″E / 38.245078°N 21.725590°E / 38.245078; 21.725590
Constructed1880 (original)
Constructionstone tower
Height13 metres (43 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern rising from 1-story keeper's house[2]
Markingsunpainted white stone tower
First lit1999 (replica)
Deactivated1972 (original demolished)[1]
Characteristicdecorative light

Patras Lighthouse (Greek: Φάρος της Πάτρας) is a lighthouse and landmark of the Greek city of Patras. It is situated on the seafront (at the beginning of Trion Navarchon street), opposite the temple of Saint Andrew.


The first wooden lighthouse of Patras was built in the dock of Agios Nikolaos in 1858 and was destroyed by a storm in 1865.[3] The old stone lighthouse was built in 1878. It covered a surface of 4-5 square meters, while its height was 17 meters.[4] It was demolished in 1972 in the period of the military junta during the port's modernization.

In 1999 the coastal zone council decided to rebuild the lighthouse in a southern location near Saint Andrew's cathedral. The reconstructed Patras lighthouse does not have a maritime usage but is one of the city's symbols and main sights. In the ground level there is a café – bar – restaurant, while in the surrounding area there is a seaside park, as well as free parking space.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "Patras lighthouse – Faros". Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southern Greece". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ "The old lighthouse of Patras harbour". Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Το λιμάνι και η οικονομία του - 2ο Γυμνάσιο Πατρών - Πρόγραμμα Τοπικής Ιστορίας ΙΜΕ". Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.

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