Recalada a Bahía Blanca Light

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Recalada a Bahía Blanca
Faro Recalada.jpg
Recalada a Bahía Blanca Light
Recalada a Bahía Blanca is located in Argentina
Recalada a Bahía Blanca
Recalada a Bahía Blanca
LocationMonte Hermoso
Coordinates38°59′26.74″S 61°15′35.85″W / 38.9907611°S 61.2599583°W / -38.9907611; -61.2599583Coordinates: 38°59′26.74″S 61°15′35.85″W / 38.9907611°S 61.2599583°W / -38.9907611; -61.2599583
Year first constructed1906
Constructioncast iron
Tower shapeoctagonal pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder
Markings / patternred and white horizontal bands
Tower height220 feet (67 m)
Focal height245 feet (75 m)[1]
Range28 nautical miles (52 km; 32 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 9 s.
Admiralty numberG0986
NGA number110-19540
ARLHS numberARG-009
HeritageQ55784185 Edit this on Wikidata

Recalada a Bahía Blanca Light, also known as Monte Hermoso Light or simply Recalada Light (lit. landfall), is an active lighthouse in Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, marking the entrance to the Bahía Blanca. At a height of 220 feet (67 m) it is the eleventh-tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world, as well as the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere.[2]


The tower was prefabricated in France by the same company that built the Eiffel Tower.[3] It was first lit on 1 January 1906.[4]

In 1928 a Dalén light was installed. The light was replaced with an electric light 1974. An Automatic Identification System (AIS) beacon was installed on 1 January 2006.[4]


It consists of a central cylinder of iron, 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) in diameter and eight cast-iron columns. There are a total of 331 steps.[4]


The light station is staffed and the tower is open to guided tours.[3]

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  1. ^ According to List of Lights. 246 feet (75 m) according to The Lighthouse Directory
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "The Tallest Lighthouses". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  3. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northern Argentina". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  4. ^ a b c "Centenario del Faro Recalada a Bahía Blanca" [Centennial to Recalada a Bahía Blanca Lighthouse]. (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2010.

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