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  1. Lighthouse of Alexandria(Pharos Lighthouse) By Josh Mehling

  2. Location • Eastern point of Pharos island • Built around 290 – 270 BC • Nothing is left today because it toppled in 1303 AD by an earthquake

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Sources • www.unmuseum.mus.pa.us/pharos.htm