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Tahkuna tuletorn lighthouse description and photos - Estonia: Hiiumaa Island. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Tahkuna tuletorn.
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Tahkuna Lighthouse is located in the northern part of Hiiumaa Island on Cape Tahkuna. The tower was assembled according to the so-called Gordon system. This means that the lighthouse was assembled from already manufactured and delivered parts, which significantly reduced the overall construction time and simplified the assembly of the lighthouse.
Details of the lighthouse were made in Paris in the early 1870s. The structure was bought by the tsar of Russia in Paris during a world exhibition. The details of the lighthouse are cast in cast iron.
The lighthouse is 42.6 meters high, the fire can be seen from 18 nautical miles. (one nautical mile corresponds to 1.852 km). Around the tower, a complex of 19th century farmstead buildings was built, which are now turned into a museum. Visitors here can get acquainted with the history of the Tahkun lighthouse, with farm buildings, imbued with the atmosphere of that time by ordering a smoke sauna.
The Tahkuna lighthouse is incredibly beautiful - white, with a red roof proudly towering on a promontory above the surrounding farm buildings.
The lighthouse is open to the public. Once here, you should certainly look at the gorgeous view from above, even if the weather turns out to be cloudy.
Not far from the lighthouse, at the place where the waves washed the first victims of the shipwreck of the Estonia ferry in 1994 to the island, a memorial was installed. The monument is a cross swinging on a parallelogram, a bell is attached to the base of the cross, which can be rung to honor the memory of the victims. The coordinates of the shipwreck and the date of the sad accident are carved on the diamond-shaped base.
The sinking of the ferry "Estonia" is one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. According to available data, there were 989 people on board: 803 passengers and 186 crew members. Only 137 people were saved, most of them being men. Children and women were far less likely to be saved. Not one of the children under the age of 12 survived.
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