Ruhnu lighthouse

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Ruhnu lighthouse
Ruhnu tuletorn 2005-08.jpg
Ruhnu lighthouse
Ruhnu lighthouse is located in Estonia
Ruhnu lighthouse
Ruhnu lighthouse
LocationRuhnu, Estonia
Coordinates57°48′05″N 23°15′36″E / 57.80135766°N 23.26012233°E / 57.80135766; 23.26012233Coordinates: 57°48′05″N 23°15′36″E / 57.80135766°N 23.26012233°E / 57.80135766; 23.26012233
Year first constructed1646 (first)
1757 (second)
1820 (third)
Year first lit1877 (current)
Constructioncast iron
Tower shapesquare base skeletal tower with balcony, observation room and lantern
Markings / patternbrown tower and red lantern roof
Tower height30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height37 metres (121 ft)
Range12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 4 s.
Admiralty numberC3482
NGA number12220
ARLHS numberEST-011
Estonia numberEVA 990[1]
Heritagearchitectural monument Edit this on Wikidata

Ruhnu lighthouse (Estonian: Ruhnu tuletorn) is a lighthouse located on the island of Ruhnu (in the Gulf of Riga), in Estonia.[2]


The first mention of a lighthouse on the island of Ruhnu is from the year of 1646. The current lighthouse was made in 1877, by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, a company based in France. According to rumours, the unusual design of the Ruhnu lighthouse was made by Gustave Eiffel, however no actual proof has been given. The lighthouse's structure is made out of metal, supported by four counterforts. The lighthouse had a gallery and a sentry room, which was destroyed during World War I. The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1937.[3]

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Southwestern Estonia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Details". Navigatsioonimärgi. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Ruhnu Lighthouse". Estonian Lighthouse Society. Retrieved 26 September 2015.

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