Slītere Lighthouse

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Slītere Lighthouse
Slīteres bāka
Slitere Lighthouse (Originally from Panoramio).jpg
Slītere Lighthouse
LocationDundaga
Latvia
Coordinates57°37′43.6″N 22°17′20.6″E / 57.628778°N 22.289056°E / 57.628778; 22.289056Coordinates: 57°37′43.6″N 22°17′20.6″E / 57.628778°N 22.289056°E / 57.628778; 22.289056
Constructed1849
Constructionlimestone tower
Tower height24 metres (79 ft)
Tower shapelarge cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingsred tower
OperatorSlītere National Park
First lit1961
Deactivated1999
Focal height82 metres (269 ft)
CharacteristicFl W 6s Edit this on Wikidata
Admiralty no.C3477 Edit this on Wikidata
ARLHS no.LAT-015

Slītere Lighthouse (Latvian: Slīteres bāka), is an inactive lighthouse located on the Latvian coast of the Baltic Sea.

History[edit]

The lighthouse was built between 1849–1850; however the area historically, since the eleventh century, has been a site of plunderers who lit misleading signal-fires to confuse passing ships, causing them to run aground, once wrecked they would be raided of their cargo.[1] The site of the lighthouse may have been an ancient holy place as old maps refer to the locality as Temple Mount (Domkalns), and Church Hill (Baznīckalns). Towards the end of the nineteenth century Baron Osten-Sacken cut-down a number of trees; making this a key-location spot for fishermen in the area; which is why the 24 metre stone lighthouse was built there between 1849–1850. The lighthouse is located in the Slītere National Park, which now maintains the lighthouse and its surroundings.[2] The light has a focal height of 82 metres above sea level, making it the highest light in Latvia until it was deactivated in 1999. The lighthouse is the second oldest in Latvia, the oldest being that of Ovisi which first entered service in 1814.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Latvia". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Slītere National Park". Latvia Travel. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Latvian Lighthouses". Bakas. Retrieved 11 May 2015.