Grave Lighthouse, on the Grave peninsular, on the south side of the Gironde estuary mouth in the Verdon-sur-Mer district.
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Collection: Lighthouses of Aquitaine
Made of: Resin
Size: 10.5 x 9.5 x 7.0 cm
- Location : Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Gironde
- Construction : 1823, 1842 and 1860
- Height : 27 m
- Elevation : 34.6 m
- Range : 17 Nautical miles
Grave Lighthouse, on the Grave peninsular, is located on the south side of the Gironde estuary mouth within the Verdon-sur-Mer district.
In 1823, a provisional light beacon with reflectors was built on a scaffold pending the construction of a stone tower in 1825. In 1827, a white sparkling lenticular system was in service at 18 m high. In 1829, because of extreme erosion, the light was again moved to a provisional post (provisional light beacon).
In 1830, a temporary frame structure was built to house a fixed lenticular system. In 1837, it was decommissioned and replaced with a white light beacon mounted at the Grave fort site. In 1838, the new light was installed on a stone tower which the sea destroyed in 1839.
In 1842, a fixed white light was installed on a new stone tower which was also insufficient to withstand the strength of the seas. The scaffold tower solution was thus redeployed and would be moved around several times.
In 1860, a 3rd lighthouse was reconstructed, receiving a fixed white light flashing every 5 seconds. It was built within nine months, what an achievement! It continues today marking out the Grave Point (Peninsular).
It is a square tower with smooth stone finish painted white, with chain effect exposed block stone corners. It is painted black at the top. It is attached to a U shape building in stone with exposed chain block cornering.
The light is reached via stairwell with 107 steps leading up to a platform.
It went electric in 1937 and was automated in 1955.
It is possible to visit the lighthouse, mainly during the summer months.