The History of Lighthouses

In ancient times, men built fires on hilltops as a marker to guide ships into port. They realized that the higher they could build the fire, the better visibility it offered, so they began to build platforms to raise the fire higher. The Pharos Lighthouse, built by the Greeks in Alexandria, Egypt ( 3rd Century BC) is believed to have been the first lighthouse to be built and to have reached from 390 to 450 feet in height. Only written descriptions and drawings remain to indicate what it looked like because a powerful earthquake several centuries after it was built, caused