Go to top of the lighthouse gatteville Normandy
Go to top of the lighthouse gatteville NormandyF
In France I’m going to Phare de Gatteville, also known as Pointe de Barfleur Light, is an active lighthouse near Gatteville-le-Phare at the tip of Barfleur, Manche department, in the Lower Normandy region of France. At a height of 247 feet (75 m) it is the third tallest “traditional lighthouse” in the world.
After climbing a staircase of 365 steps illuminated by 52 windows, I was able to admire the magnificent panorama of the Saire Valley and the sea of the Channel.
This is the engineer architect La Rue, which took over its construction from 1829 to 1834. The lighthouse Gatteville, 76 m high, has as many steps as days in the year, as many windows as weeks and weighs nearly 7400 tons. The construction did not require less than 11,000 blocks of granite carved by hand. His fire white strobe 10 Seconds, emitted by lamps 1600 watt xenon has a range of about 53 km.
A small exhibition room in the lighthouse, traces its history and that of the flagship in France, by objects, drawings, photos and videos.
The lighthouse is within walking distance and open to the public at the following times:
From May to August
February / November / December every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00
March and October every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00
April and September every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 Closed from mid-November to mid-December and January, but open during school holidays of Christmas.
Watch Out! If the wind exceeds 50 km / h (force 7) and (or) storm, the lighthouse is closed to the public.
the official website: http://www.phare-de-gatteville.fr/new-page-2.html