In pics: All you need to know about Ras Gharib Lighthouse in Red Sea



Thu, 31 Mar 2022 - 02:06 GMT


Thu, 31 Mar 2022 - 02:06 GMT

Ras Ghareb Lighthouse

Ras Ghareb Lighthouse

CAIRO – 31 March 2022: Ras Ghareb Lighthouse is one of the most important and prominent landmarks of Ras Ghareb city, northern Red Sea governorate.

The lighthouse was established by the engineer who built Eiffel Tower in Paris per instructions from Khedive Ismail, to regulate the navigation movement in the Red sea.


In the below lines, et displays information about the lighthouse, which has become a tourist attraction:


-       The Ministry of Antiquities issued a decision to register the Ras Ghareb lighthouse among Islamic monuments.


-       It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world and was built by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel, the same engineer who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Statue of Liberty in New York in 1871 AD.




-       During the reign of Khedive Ismail, and after digging the Suez Canal, several lighthouses were established on the Red Sea coast to regulate the movement of navigation and ships coming and going to the Suez Canal.


-       On November 16, 1869, the Ras Ghareb lighthouse was inaugurated, where a legendary party was organized for it, in the presence of the state's seniors at the time.


-       It is surrounded by a circular building made of soapstone, and this circular building occupies a group of rooms equipped for the inhabitants of the lighthouse from the technicians in charge of its operation. This includes the room of the lighthouse warden, rooms for machinery and equipment, the dining room, guard rooms, and in the middle of the circular building is the lighthouse tower.




-       It was established on 3 axes, and built on springs, in order to resist any possible ground vibrations in the area. The lighthouse is about 50 meters above the ground surface, which is approximately 16 floors high, and its fabrication is entirely of red iron.


-       It has an intermittent beam of 4 flashes of light and then darkness for 30 seconds, in order to distinguish between the different lighthouses. Each lighthouse has a beam that distinguishes it from other lighthouses, stressing that its light reaches 55 kilometers.



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