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Lanterna Lighthouse is the main lighthouse of Genoa and one of the symbols of the city. It is also the second tallest lighthouse in the world, built of brick, – the building reaches 76 meters in height.
The San Benigno hill was chosen as the site for the construction of the lighthouse. Earlier there was a monastery of the same name. The lighthouse consists of two parts – the upper part is narrower. The hill was once a peninsula until its coastline was changed and built up. The lighthouse marked the entrance to Porto Antico – the old harbor of Genoa. Over time, the cape on which the lighthouse is located became known as the Cape of the Lighthouse. In our time, almost nothing remains of the San Benigno hill, as its land was used to expand the territory of Genoa.
In 1778, the construction of a more modern lighting system began ... In 1840, rotating Fresnel lenses were installed on the lighthouse, and a year later it was inaugurated. In the 20th century, at the end of the Second World War, the last large-scale reconstruction work was carried out on the lighthouse.
The Lanterna Museum is now located next to the lighthouse, which opened in 2006. The museum introduces its visitors to the history of the lighthouse, city and port. There are also unique exhibits, archival documents and parts of Fresnel lenses.
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