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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Phare de Gatteville (Pointe de Barfleur), Barfleur, Normandy, France

The Gatteville Lighthouse at 236' in height is the third tallest lighthouse in the world. It sits on a windswept point of land 2 km. north of the village of Barfleur, France. The light was built in 1835 and was originally called the Phare de Barfleur, but the name was changed to Phare de Gatteville in the late 1800's. It has the distinction of being the first lighthouse that was relit following liberation in WWII. Beside it you can see the 88' granite tower that was the original lighthouse (Pointe de Barfleur Lighthouse) built on the site in 1780 and deactivated in 1835 following construction of the current light. In 1997 the light opened as a lighthouse museum. During days open to the public, one can climb the 365 steps up to the gallery. Unfortunately the rainy and windy day that I visited the lighthouse had closed for the day. Photos taken in April 2013.

Trying to stay upright in the wind to take the picture!

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