Cordouan Lighthouse, France
Cordouan Lighthouse, France Image: Dimimis (wikimedia)

France announces Cordouan lighthouse as candidate for World Heritage

The lighthouse of Cordouan, at the mouth of the Gironde, will be France’s candidate for the inscription for the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is the country’s last remaining sea lighthouse still in use and is also the oldest in France. The UNESCO should decide on its inclusion in 2020.

The Cordouan Lighthouse (from wikipedia)

The Cordouan lighthouse is an active lighthouse located 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) at sea, near the mouth of the Gironde estuary in France. At a height of 223 feet (68 m), it is the tenth-tallest “traditional lighthouse” in the world.

The Tour de Cordouan, the ‘Patriarch of Lighthouses’, is by far the oldest lighthouse in France. It was designed by leading Paris architect Louis de Foix, and is something of a Renaissance masterpiece, an amalgam of royal palace, cathedral and fort. Started in 1584 and finished in 1611, it still stands today.

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