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The Pharos or lighthouse of Leptis Magna was originally at least 35m high and a flame at the top helped guide ships into the port.

This lighthouse should get a lot more attention than it does, as it was a twin of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pharos of Alexandria. As only one of the original wonders, the Pyramids, survives today, this is the closest thing there is to a second one that you can actually still see. What you can see today, standing on a headland, are ten layers of limestone blocks that formed the base of the lighthouse tower.

If it was indeed the twin of the Pharos of Alexandria, of which a written description exists, the tower would have had three levels: a square base, a middle octagonal section and a circular section at the top. The whole structure was covered with white marble. Fuel for the fire could be hoisted up through a central shaft. A mirror would have been used to reflect the sun in the daytime and the fire would have been lit at night.

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  • Written Apr 7, 2007
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