Facts about Lighthouse of Alexandria
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
For hundreds of years it pointed the way for sailors to the port of Alexandria. Unfortunately it did not survive to our time, the information about the appearance of this magnificent object is obtained from historical sources only.
Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the greatest buildings of antiquity and exerted a great influence on the culture of the region. It was mentioned by Julius Caesar, Chinese historian Zhao Rukuo and Muslim scholar Ibn Battuta.
Due to its geographical location, it was foredoomed to destruction. Successive earthquakes gradually damaged the building until it turned into rubble. It was completely destroyed in 1375 and replaced by a Muslim fort built on the site of the lighthouse at the end of the 15th century.
1The lighthouse of Faros was ceremonially opened in 279 BC.
2It was built by order of Ptolemy I, however, it was put into use only during the reign of Ptolemy II.
3Construction of the lighthouse may have taken 14 to 20 years.
4The building was constructed according to the plans of the Greek architect Sostratos of Knidos.
5It was built on the island of Pharos, which was located at the entrance to the port of Alexandria, Egypt.
6The tower may have been about 120 meters high and was topped by a statue of Poseidon about 7 meters high.
7At the time of its commissioning, the Faros lighthouse was the tallest structure that was not a pyramid.
8The image of the lighthouse was preserved on coins dating back to the period of its existence.
9The most accurate description of the lighthouse's appearance comes from the 11th century records of the Arab geographer and traveler Al-Idrisi.
10The lighthouse had a system of mirrors made of polished metal that allowed its light to be seen from places miles away.