Farol do cabo da Roca, Sintra

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The Cabo da Roca Lighthouse is a beacon/lighthouse located above the Atlantic Ocean, on Portugal's most westerly extent . It is located in the civil parish of Colares, in the municipality of Sintra, situated on a promontory that juts out into the ocean, made up of granite boulders and interspersed limestone. It is a third-order lighthouse, which originally began operating in 1772. It was the first new purpose-built lighthouse to be constructed in the country: the older lighthouses in existence at that time, were constructed on existing platforms or from pre-existing beacons.HistoryThe initiative to construct the lighthouse came from the Junta Geral da Fazenda do Reino on 1 February 1758, in an order to construct six lighthouses strategically throughout the country to assist navigation.Cabo da Roca lighthouse began operating in 1772, becoming the third oldest lighthouse along the Portuguese coast.During the management of civil engineer Gaudêncio Fontana (1843), the lighthouse was updated with a new rotation platform, comprising sixteen Argand lamps with parabolic reflectors. Yet, by 1865, there were critics of the system, noting the inefficiency of the lighthouse. Over time this was addressed by the installation of a blow-horn signal and the renovation to electric-powered machines. The "electrical" lighthouse began functioning in 1897, with a system that included a backup petroleum lamp. The main unit was a fourth-order optical system, with rotational platform and clock mechanism, and was paired with a steam siren.In 1917 a building was constructed to produce the acetylene gas necessary to power a new lamp system.The siren was replaced in 1932 by a compressed air blow-horn, while a lighthouse radio system was installed in 1937. During the post-World War era a new fourth-order optical system replaced the older mechanism, but was quickly substituted by a third-order lamp with a 3000 Watt lamp. At the end of the 1940s, the site was reached by public water and sewage. Before you visit Sintra, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • If you have the time or driving north from Lisbon that you can spend few minutes at the western most point of Europe. Windy cliff with nice view. 
    If you have the time or driving north from Lisbon that you can spend few minutes at the western most point of Europe. Windy cliff with nice view.  more »
  • The famous lighthouse of Cabo da Roca started operation in 1772, making it the third oldest operating lighthouse on the Portuguese coast. It stands 541 feet (165 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean, at.....  more
    The famous lighthouse of Cabo da Roca started operation in 1772, making it the third oldest operating lighthouse on the Portuguese coast. It stands 541 feet (165 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean, at.....  more »
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  • It’s a lovely place, windy. Be careful when taking pics!
  • Great nice vieuw. Beautiful nature

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