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Leuchtturm (pronounced like: 'Loish-torm' and literally meaning 'Light tower') is the German word for Lighthouse. They were originally called 'Pharos' in ancient Greek, after the island of the same name upon which the Lighthouse of Alexandria stood, which was built in about 280BC. Early lighthouses remained the tallest man-made structures in the world for many centuries. Interestingly, many European languages still have a derivative of the word 'Pharos' as their modern word for Lighthouse.

Just after the Roman conquest of Britain, 2 lighthouses were built at Dover including this one, which stands at Dover castle:

Picture: Chris McKenna.

This more modern lighthouse stands at the gateway to the Mediterranean at the southern tip of Gibraltar:

Picture: Midshipman Michael Theberge, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration, USA.

A lighthouse in a village setting. Almost as if someone meant to build a windmill and then changed their mind at the top! This is the lighthouse at Southwold in Suffolk, England:

Picture: Steve McCarthy. A bigger version opens if clicked upon.

Dwarfed by the massive cliffs, this is an aerial photograph of the lighthouse at Beachy Head in East Sussex, England. It's probably the last thing that many suicidal people will see:

Picture: Steve McCarthy.

Longships Islets off the coast of Lands end (England). An absolutely essential place for a lighthouse, the worlds' first with a helipad:

Picture: Steve McCarthy. A bigger version opens if clicked upon.

If you have an interesting Lighthouse picture, please email it to me at info@leuchtturm.co.uk.