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Name: Brandaris Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
West Terschelling, , Netherlands

Location: On island of Terschelling, Wadden Sea.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand

Managing Organization:
Mininstry of Traffic, Public Works & Water Management

An old document from 1323 refers to a "fire house" on the island of Terschelling, and a beacon on St. Brandaan church is mentioned in the mid-16th century. The present tower dates back to 1593-94 and is the oldest structure specifically built as a lighthouse in the Netherlands. The light was discontinued in the early 17th century and replaced by two smaller lights on the dunes. It was reactivated in 1835 and fitted with a Fresnel lens in 1837. The first floor of this lighthouse is used as a wedding chapel; for information call 0562-446244.

Tower Height: 172

Height of Focal Plane: 184

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 29 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Square stone tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1594

Date Present Tower Built: 1835

Date Deactivated: 1603-1835

Optics: Fourth-order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.


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