Capelinhos Lighthouse

Portugal - Azores Lighthouse Capelinhos Volcano

Capelinhos Lighthouse
on the Capelinhos Volcano in the Azores, Portugal

Capelinhos (Ponta dos Capelinhos)1903. Inactive since 1957. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 2-story keeper’s house. Lantern removed. Guillaume Baviere’s photo is at right, Ulrich Thumult has a photo, Jack Dodge has posted a good photo, Wikimedia has several additional photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Built to mark the western tip of Faial, the lighthouse was swamped by volcanic ash in a volcanic eruption that began on 16 September 1957. The eruption began offshore and eventually extended the island westward about 1 km (0.6 m). The first floor of the building remains buried in ash. In 2005, the Azores government announced plans to develop a visitor center and museum at the abandoned light station. The replica lantern was installed early in 2006, and in August 2008 a modern visitor center opened in a new building near the lighthouse. The eruption area is protected as a regional natural monument. Located about 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of Capelo. Site open, visitor center open daily year around, tower open to guided tours. Site manager:Centro de Interpretação do Vulcão dos Capelinhos. ARLHS AZO-033. -The Lighthouse Directory

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