Lighthouses of Britain: the Eckmühl lighthouse
Less than 20 kms from the campsite, the Eckmühl lighthouse, still in business impresses with its high dark figure of 60 meters, shaped in granite Kersanton. It owes its name to the title of nobility wore Adelaide Louise Eckmühl of Blocqueville patron who largely funded the lighthouse, in tribute to his father who distinguished himself with Napoleon at the Battle of Eckmühl. Opened in 1897, this lighthouse protects res coast one of the most perilous of Britain because of the many reefs that dot its waters. At the end of the nineteenth century with the growing expansion of fisheries and sardine canneries, it becomes necessary to better secure the navigation of vessels. Its construction follows that of the Penmarch lighthouse to modernize maritime traffic. Indeed, at first it is thought to raise the Penmarch lighthouse but its transformation is technically impossible; it is allowed to build one that could include wearing light to over 100kms.
This new development disrupts the habits of sailors who will complain of too powerful light of the lighthouse and those of migratory birds, disoriented, frequently come crashing against the windows of the lighthouse. This defect will eventually be resolved with the adoption of a uniform system to cover all the lighthouses of France. For the first time, a Parisian architect is responsible for the decorative part of the lighthouse: it will result in a stairwell covered by opaline plates, through which development this lighthouse is one of the most visited monuments of Finistère. Building materials from several corners of Britain, are high quality and require complex routing network.
Visit the lighthouse in Brittany
Because of a tidal wave, a wall will be built in 1924 to protect the court from the lighthouse where the floor is harmoniously decorated with stone designs. The frames of the lighthouse are oiled oak and doors are mahogany fittings Waisted copper and bonze. After climbing the 272 steps along a spiral staircase also in granite, you can admire the magnificent ceiling made of marble ribbed plate before reaching the 13 stairs to the room completely paneled honor of the lighthouse, surrounded by a terrace that runs the length of the octagonal tower from which you can admire the splendid panorama.
Finally, another 17 steps lead to the lantern topped by a cupola with around a safety railing. During the German occupation, seven German soldiers took possession of the lighthouse. In 1943, he threatens to destroy it by placing explosives inside the lighthouse. They shall not pass to action and will continue until June 1944. The biggest tourist attraction of Finistère, the Eckmühl lighthouse, you can not miss. It is open from April to September, daily except in case of rain or strong wind. During the summer season, you can take a night tour every Tuesday.
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