Akko Light (Hebrew: מגדלור עכו) or Acre Light, is an active lighthouse in the port of Acre, Israel. It is located on the South-West corner of the city's ancient walls, at what is believed to be the former site of an Ottoman Burj-El-Sanjak (Flag Tower, Hebrew: מגדל הדגל).[1]

Akko Light
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Akko Light in 2009
LocationAcre, Israel
Coordinates32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500Coordinates: 32°55′9.43″N 35°3′59.22″E / 32.9192861°N 35.0664500°E / 32.9192861; 35.0664500
Tower
Constructed1864 (first)
Foundationconcrete
Constructionconcrete tower
Height33 feet (10 m)
Shapecylindrical tower with four ribs, balcony and lantern
Markingstower black and white checkerboard, grey metallic lantern dome
Heritageheritage site in Israel Edit this on Wikidata
Light
First lit1912 (current)
Focal height51 feet (16 m)
Range10 nautical miles (19 km)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 7s.

HistoryEdit

The station was established in 1864.[2] As charts of the area were based on measures from 1862, the French navy chart of 1866 does not mentioned it, and it only appeared later on amended charts.[3] The current structure was established in 1912.[2]

Structure and displayEdit

The main structure is a 33 feet (10 m) tapering cylindrical concrete tower with four ribs. It is painted in a black and white checkered pattern and topped with a gray metallic lantern room and a gallery. A small white painted equipment shack stands next to the tower.[2]

The light is displayed at 51 feet (16 m). The light characteristic shown is two white flashes every seven seconds (Fl.(2)W.7s), visible for 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi).[4]

The lighthouse is closed to the public, but there is a stone stairwell going down from the base directly into the sea.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dave Winter (1999). Israel handbook. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 592. ISBN 1-900949-48-2.
  2. ^ a b c Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Israel". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  3. ^ "נמל עכו במפות ימיות מודרניות" [Acre port in modern marine charts] (PDF). אופקים בגאוגרפיה (56): 62–77. 2003.
  4. ^ List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 355. Listed as "Akko (Acre), S. of town".