Urk Lighthouse

Urk Lighthouse
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Urk Lighthouse
Coordinates52°39′39.8″N 5°35′31.0″E / 52.661056°N 5.591944°E / 52.661056; 5.591944Coordinates: 52°39′39.8″N 5°35′31.0″E / 52.661056°N 5.591944°E / 52.661056; 5.591944
Constructionbrick tower
Height18.5 metres (61 ft)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
MarkingsWhite tower, black trim, red lantern with green dome
HeritageRijksmonument, Rijksmonument 
First lit1845
Focal height27 metres (89 ft)
LensFresnel lens
Intensity40,000 candela 
Range18 nautical miles (33 km)
CharacteristicFl 5s
Netherlands no.1956[1]

Urk Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Urk at the eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. From 1617 a coal fire was used for the local fishermen as well as for the ships sailing from Amsterdam to the North Sea. The current lighthouse station was established in 1837. The tower was built in 1845 as a round brick tower attached to a keeper's house. A Fresnel lens is still in use. The lighthouse was restored in 1972 and declared a national monument of the Netherlands in 1982. The tower can be visited during guided tours.

See also


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northern Netherlands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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