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Name: Nieuwpoort Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Nieuwpoort, , Belgium

Location: North Sea coast of Belgium.


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Photo: Frank Gunst
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Managing Organization:
Administratie Waterwegen en Zeewegen

Website: http://www.lin.vlaanderen.be/awz/

Notes:
It is believed there were two "fire towers" at Nieuwpoort as early as the year 1284. The "Groote Vierboet," built around 1414, survived until the 19th century and was fitted with a lantern in 1863. It was replaced about 25 years later by a new lighthouse built closer to the sea. Both towers were destroyed during World War I. Temporary beacons were erected until a new lighthouse was built in the mid-1920s; that tower was destroyed during World War II and was eventually replaced by the current tower.

Tower Height: 95

Height of Focal Plane: 85

Characteristic and Range: Two red flashes every 14 seconds, range 16 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Conical concrete tower with red and white bands.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1863: Octagonal stone tower, 96 feet tall. 1883: Octagonal tower east of the harbor, 98 feet tall. 1926: Circular tower, destroyed in WWII.

Date Established: 1863

Date Present Tower Built: 1949

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Nearby Lodging: Bed and breakfast accommodations are available near the lighthouse. Call 32 (0)58 23 73 52 or email info@light-house.be for information, or see www.light-house.be

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