Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was built around 250 BC. It was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, but was destroyed by repeated earthquakes. In 1480 the remnants were used in the construction of the Citadel of Qaitbay.

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How many tourists vist the lighthouse of Alexandria every year?

Since the 13th century? None. That's when it was destroyed in an earthquake.

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How long did it take to build the lighthouse of Alexandria?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria took 12 years to build. Archaeologists will never Know exactly how long it took, as many different sources all say different things.

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What was the lighthouse of Alexandria made of?

The lighthouse of Alexandria sat on a stone foundation and was made up of enormous, thick blocks of stone, whilst the watchtower was made of marble blocks held together with molten lead.

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What the lighthouse of Alexandria built out of?

Most of the lighthouse was constructed of large blocks of light-coloured stone, although it was of course also built with metal and wood.

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What are facts about the lighthouse of Alexandria?

The lighthouse of Alexandria was:

  • also known as the Pharos
  • situated on the island of Pharos off the coast of Alexandria
  • built between 285 and 247 BC
  • its height is estimated to have been between 115 and 135 m, or 380 and 440 ft, as 10th century travellers reported it as being 300 cubits high
  • its construction was commissioned by Satrap (or governor) Ptolemy
  • it is believed to have been irreparably damaged by two earthquakes in 1303 and 1323
  • at the time of its completion, it was the first lighthouse in the world and the tallest building in existence, apart from the Great Pyramid
  • Its light was said to have been visible for 35 miles - 55km - out to sea.
  • It was so famous even today the Spanish and Italian for lighthouse is faro. French also uses that root with 'phare'. (The latin was Pharos)
  • In 1994, divers off the coast of Alexandria discovered giant limestone blocks underwater that they believe to be from the Pharos (the lighthouse's official name)

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Which country is lighthouse of Alexandria in?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was built in ALexandria, Egypt around 250BC. The Lighthouse destroyed by a series of earthquakes over several centuries, until in 1480AD even the concrete base was no longer able to be found.

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What was the color of the lighthouse of Alexandria?

Brown or SIlver

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Who were the 3 people who built the lighthouse of Alexandria?

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Who built the lighthouse in Alexandria?

The lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos, was built by the ancient Egyptians. It was built and designed by Sostratus of Knidos. Its initial construction was done under the command of Satrap (governor) Ptolemy I Soter, Egypt's first Macedonian ruler and a general of Alexander the Great, and completed during the reign of his son, Ptolemy Philadelphos.

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Why was the lighthouse of Alexandria built?

Sailing in this coastal region was very dangerous, so it was built to help the sailors navigate their return to the Great Harbor. Happy.

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What are dimensions of the lighthouse of Alexandria?

Since it no longer exists we can only rely on descriptions written by people who saw it in use in ancient and medieval times.

The height is estimated at 120 to 140 metres (around 400 to 450 feet) and the tower was about 8.5 metres (28 feet) square, built on a large platform 6.5 metres (21 feet) high.

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When was the Lighthouse of Alexandria built?

The lighthouse of Alexandria was built between 285 and 247 BC.

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Is the lighthouse in Alexandria Egypt still standing?

No, It Was Demolished shortly after the death of Alexander the Great

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What should you make the Lighthouse of Alexandria out of if you are doing a project for school?

You can use styrofoamsss and shave it off and paint it,,, its easy.. that's what im doing!!

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Who built the lighthouse of Alexandria?

It was built and designed by Sostratus of Knidos

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What continent was the lighthouse of Alexandria on?

africa

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Is the lighthouse of Alexandria still in use?

No. It was destroyed as a result of two earthquakes, commencing in the 1300s.

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What did the Lighthouse of Alexandria look like?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, or Pharos, started with a large box-like structure at its base, about 200 feet high and 100 feet square. Above this was an octagonal (eight-sided) tower from which protruded a cylinder extending up to an open cupola. The actual light of the lighthouse was a fire that burned in this cupola. On the roof of the cupola was a large statue of Poseidon. The building was made of marble blocks, using lead mortar.

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How long did the lighthouse of Alexandria stand?

It stood for 1500 years.

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Where was the lighthouse of Alexandria?

The light house of Alexandria stood on Pharos Island in the East Harbour of Alexandria, the second largest town of Egypt. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria lies on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt.
The lighthouse of Alexandria, which is sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria, was built between 280 BC and 247 BC, and was located in Egypt. It's precise location was on the Coastal island of Pharos at Alexandria, Egypt.

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When was the lighthouse of Alexandria destroyed?

== == The Pharos of Alexandria was built between 285 and 247 BCE and lasted until 1323 AD/ CE when was severely damaged by two earthquakes [the first at 1303 AD/ CE]. It was the longest lastng monument of the ancient seven wonders except the Pyramids.

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Is the Lighthouse of Alexandria still standing?

no it does not exist anymore.

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How was the lighthouse of Alexandria destroyed?

It was destroyed by two earthquakes.

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What color is the lighthouse of Alexandria?

Its was red

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