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March 4, 2017

It Rose To Fame For Something Darker Than It’s Light…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,TEXEL,Texel: Eierland Lighthouse,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our next excursion of our 2016 Easter trip, is not too far away from our accommodation on the northern end of Texel: it’s the Eierland lighthouse.

From Wikipedia (link at the bottom of this post) I leaned something about the history of the lighthouse.

“Named for the former island of Eierland an designed by Quirinus Harder, construction began in 1863.

Built on top of a 20 metre high sand dune three kilometres from the sea, it’s kerosene lamp was lit in 1864.

Due to erosion in the intervening time, it now stands less than half a kilometre from the sea.

The current (electrical) lamp is a 2000 watt Philips fluorescent lamp, producing 2.85 million candela, the light is focused with a number of Fresnel lenses.

Originally red, in time the lighthouse faded to pink. In 1977 the tower was covered with a red plastic based coating. In 1982 the lighthouse gained “Rijksmonument” (National monument / Historic Listing) status.

In April 1945 the lighthouse suffered heavy damage. It was repaired by constructing a new wall around it and a new upper-level construction. In this process the lighthouse lost two of its original nine storeys.

During the 1990s the lighthouse, including the top and the lamp, was open to visitors. Closed for a while for renovation, it reopened in 2009 and is now only accessible up to the sixth floor where the viewing platform is located.”

This might be the history of the construction of the tower, it’s dimentions and physical appearance. It’s function may be to provide light, but for many people something rather darker entirely springs to mind when the name of this lighthouse is mentioned…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Eierland Lighthouse / Texel, The Netherlands.

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