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São Julião da Barra, Lisbon

Lighthouse category:  coastal

Position:  38°40'28.17"N : 9°19'31.28"W

Status: active

Date:  1775

Designer:  not known

Tower height:  78 feet

Construction: square masonry tower with castellated top and lantern

Colour scheme: tower unpainted, lantern white with red roof

Focal plane height:  128 feet

Characteristics: red light, on for 3 seconds off for 2 seconds

Foghorn:  none

Google map view:  google map link

The Forte de São Julião da Barra has guarded the entrance to the Rio Tejo (Tagus) since the 16th Century.  This tower, along with the Farol de Bugio mark the entrance channel to the mouth of the Tagus known to Portuguese seamen as the "passagem entre torres" (passage between the towers).  The date when the first light station was established her is not known but the current light tower dates from 1775 and a pre-existing tower had to undergo major repair following the devastating earthquake of 1755.  The fort now contains the official residence of the Portuguese Minister of State and Defence.

The photo below was taken in near total darkness as Queen Elizabeth was inward for Lisbon early on the morning of Friday 22 April 2011

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