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
Location Ruhnu, Estonia
Coordinates 57°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 constructed 1646 (first)
1757 (second)
1820 (third)
Year first lit 1877 (current)
Construction cast iron
Tower shape square base skeletal tower with balcony, observation room and lantern
Markings / pattern brown tower and red lantern roof
Height 30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height 37 metres (121 ft)
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 4 s.
Admiralty number C3482
NGA number 12220
ARLHS number EST-011
Estonia number EVA 990[1]
Heritage architectural monument Edit this on Wikidata

Ruhnu Lighthouse (Estonian: Ruhnu Tuletorn) - 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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