There are five lighthouses on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, but all the popularity goes to only one – the Paphos Lighthouse. Perhaps the reason for such fame lies in its favorable location in the area of the Archaeological Park of the city .
In comparison with other historical sites of the complex, the lighthouse is the youngest attraction, the age of which dates back to 1888. The history of the construction of the stone tower goes back to the period when the British owned the island. It was on the instructions of the latter from local materials that the lighthouse was erected. Its main role was to navigate and protect British ships arriving at the port of Paphos.
However, in modern days the tower has not lost its relevance and relevance – the lighthouse still serves as a reference point for lonely ships. The only difference: once upon a time a special caretaker who lived nearby was responsible for navigation (next to the lighthouse you can see its gatehouse and outbuildings). Nowadays, it has been completely replaced by an automated system that allows signaling white warning lights with an interval of 15 seconds: a modern solar photovoltaic system increases the luminous intensity and visibility from 7 to 17 nautical miles (one mile is equal to 1 km 852 meters). For the functioning of the Paphos lighthouse, however, like everyone else on the island, the Cyprus Port Authority is responsible.
The height of the Paphos lighthouse is 20 meters. An additional height of the structure is given by a 16-meter precipice on which it is located.
Museum in paphos lighthouse
The historical monument of the island has gone through more than one repair and restoration, but at the same time it has not lost its original appearance. During the last restoration of the tower, it was decided to open a museum. The idea was initiated by the Cypriot authorities, who believe that the sea is the main trump card of Cyprus, and the lighthouse is a connecting link and a reflection of this fact. (more…)