The Tower of Hercules is a tower and lighthouse located on a hill in the peninsula of the city of La Coruña, in Galicia (Spain). Its total height is 55 meters, 1 2 and dates from the 1st century. It is privileged to be the only Roman lighthouse and the oldest in operation in the world. It is the third tallest lighthouse in Spain.
The origin of the tower is unknown, although it was rebuilt by the Romans in the 1st century. The Tower of Hercules was built as a navigational beacon and included the construction between the reigns of Nero and Vespasian based on the findings of fragments of terra sigillata and thin-walled glasses dating from the 40’s and 80’s of our era. The inscription at the foot of the tower and the documentary references to the city of Brigantium (La Coruña) reveal the existence of a lighthouse from Trajan’s time.
In 2009 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Another fascinating place to add to the list of places to discover in Spain