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Lighthouse of Alexandria ( Pharos Lighthouse). By Josh Mehling. Location. Eastern point of Pharos island Built around 290 – 270 BC Nothing is left today because it toppled in 1303 AD by an earthquake. Purpose. Alexander the Great chose the location, and Ptolemy authorized the building

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Lighthouse of alexandria pharos lighthouse

Lighthouse of Alexandria(Pharos Lighthouse)

By Josh Mehling


Location
Location

  • Eastern point of Pharos island

  • Built around 290 – 270 BC

  • Nothing is left today because it toppled in 1303 AD by an earthquake


Purpose
Purpose

  • Alexander the Great chose the location, and Ptolemy authorized the building

  • Built to guide ships to Alexandria’s harbor

  • Mirrors reflected light from fire out to the water


Uniqueness
Uniqueness

  • It WAS the first lighthouse in the world and the tallest building in existence

  • It took 20 years to build

  • It was stone faced with white marble blocks with lead mortar


Ancient foresight
Ancient Foresight

  • Lighthouses began to be built in more areas because of the success of the Pharos Lighthouse (e.g.: Boston Light)

  • The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World


Sources
Sources

  • www.unmuseum.mus.pa.us/pharos.htm


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