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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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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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