The Tower of Hércules is a tower and lighthouse placed in the peninsula of the city of Corunna, in Spain. It has the privilege of being the only Roman and most ancient lighthouse in functioning of the world.
There are several legends related to his construction. One of them tells that Hércules came in boat to the coasts that surround at present the Tower, and that
was precisely there the place where it buried the head of the giant Gerión, after to conquer him in combat.
The Tower of Hércules was constructed by the Romans as lighthouse of navigation in the IInd century A.D. (during the order of the Roman emperors Trajano and Adriano). As indicates the inscription on the foot of the tower and the documentary references that on the city of Brigantium (Corunna) reveal the existence of a lighthouse of the epoch of Trajano. Asímismo, historians identified the tower as the place where there could have been placed the Tower of Breogán, a mythological tower that appears between others, in the mythological Irish cycle, (more concretely in Leabhar Ghabhála Érenn), and from that Ith, son of Breogán, would have sighted the coasts of Ireland. This suspicion comes increased by the place name Brigantium, which is highly possible that it derives from Breogán, and has sustenance in the tradition of the Romans at the time of identifying its own Gods or Heroes, in this case Hércules, with the indigenous ones. The tower lost, possibly, his marine use during the Middle age on having turned into fortification.
It will be in the XVIIth century (1682) when the Duke of Uceda entrusts the architectural restoration to the architect Amaro Antune, who constructed a wooden stairs that was crossing the vaults up to the top part where two small towers are located to support the beacons. In the reign of Carlos IV of Spain the finished reconstruction is realized. The neoclassic work is finished in 1791 under the guidance of Eustaquio Giannini.
The tower was, before beginning the reform, a prismatic body with square base; in the exterior it was presenting a stone wall with two doors in the low part and asymmetric windows that were covering it up to the top flat, and the mordant spiral one that was coming up to the top part. In his interior it was preserving the old Roman structure, but with wooden stairs that belonged to the building restoration, harmonizing her in his decoration with top frames of doors and windows.
The mythology says that « there was a giant called Gerión, king of Brigantium, which was forcing his súdbitos to deliver to him the half of his goods, including his children. One day the subjects decided to ask for help Hércules that challenged Gerión in a big fight. Hércules defeated Gerión, it buried and been raised by a tumulus that it crowned with a big torch. Next to this tumulus it founded a city and, like the first person who came was a woman called Cruña, Hércules put to the city this name »
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mpsf (731) 2007-09-27 8:19
Hola Ros, fantástica foto de la Torre de Hércules, sobre ese cielo de un azul perfecto con esa nube a un lado. El enfoque bien estudiado.
carper (96) 2007-09-27 9:46
you place him well ros,
the pov is good and the contrast is good, good composition, fine note and well framed, good photojob here, have anice day.
bracasha75 (24589) 2007-09-27 10:17
You made every day beter and beter images...
This on is extra to
UnTrained (0) 2007-09-27 12:41
just a time trip for us. Amazing view over the slope to the mighty light house full of history. Wellbalanced with tower and cloud, good strong colours and a dominating blue sky.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
jjbach (9324) 2007-09-27 15:42
Another wonderful shot, very well composed and balanced. The colours are superb as well as the lighting. The small cloud behide the hill works very well.
paura (47186) 2007-09-27 17:15
A fotografia está muito interessante. Os detalhes da escadaria interna que sobressaem nas paredes laterais são detalhes muito bonitos, que mostram a verdadeira dimensão da torre.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-09-27 17:29
They aptly named this tower after Hercules ... it stands high and almighty. Very good notes to give history and description to the scene. Good low angle shot to give the structure a good perspective. Well composed with good image quality. tfs
gracious (20025) 2007-09-27 18:12
great pov with the light tower against the great blue sky!
very good exposure and focus also in sharpness.
very well done and well seen
gunbud (34066) 2007-09-27 18:34
The ancient lighthouse contrast wonderflly with the vibrant blue sky. The details to the old stone work are magnificent while the colors are exceptionally clear. Very informative note.
toto (0) 2007-09-27 22:09
Belle photo de cette jolie tour qui dommine cette belle colline,très beau coup d' oeil avec ce ciel comme toile de fond. Jolies couleurs et bonne luminosité. Amitiés Thomas
vinicio (23423) 2007-09-27 23:04
Beautiful and very old lighthouse, the roman are great architects.
I much like its architecture and structure and your note is very interesting, well done Ros, compliments, beautiful post.
Have a nice week-end
kipli (1009) 2007-09-28 1:48
Bella composizione con un ottimo punto di vista.
Ottimi i colori, peccato che la torre è cosí fuori fuoco!
Clementi (52514) 2007-09-28 2:03
bella composizione con questa torre faro che si staglia su di un cielo azzurro , credo pero' ci sia un pronlema di nitidezza
jurek1951 (42196) 2007-09-28 3:19
Imppressive image of the tower. Great light and good composition.Great colours.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-09-28 6:42
Buenos días Ros,
una construcción intrigando muy por su edad y su arquitectura. La imagen es bonita y tomada en buenas condiciones. Buen trabajo.
Pasa un buen día
emilbo (22616) 2007-09-28 7:04
Magnifique prise de vue de la tour devant un merveilleux ciel bleu. Excellente composition, superbes couleurs et bonne note.
Félicitations!... et bonne fin de semaine,
belido (19934) 2007-09-28 8:16
muito interessante nota e captura. A arquitetura desse farol não se parece com nada do que já vi. Imagino que depois desse monte deve haver uma vista esplendorosa. Bela captura e nota. Parabéns!
Mikos (4326) 2007-09-28 9:00
Ser original en TE es harto dificil, y fijate por donde creo que con esta toma lo has sido, me gusta mucho la perspectiva que has elegido, desde un punto semi-alejado, con ese cielo y color tan precioso, y con la torre como único referente y punto visual.
P.D: Imagino que tu tierra en esos periodos en los que me propones debe ser una maravilla, solo conozco la punta del iceberg, y ten por seguro que tengo que volver!
Un saludo! Buen fin de semana Ros!
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-09-28 9:29
Nice view of the Hercules tower
I like the colours and contrast. Good POV and note
TFS and greetings
delic (6735) 2007-09-28 11:16
Interesting that Hercules made it all the way to La Coruna. I like the view and contrast with the blue sky. The clouds seem to emanate from the land. There is an odd lack of sharpness though. Regards,
sacimar (26205) 2007-09-29 14:51
bonita imagen de la torre, le falta un poco de resolucion a la imagen pero imagino que sera al modificarla para colocarla aqui, bonitos colores y buen encuadre,
wgreis (8267) 2007-09-29 18:15
cores bem saturadas. A torre e a nuvem fazem uma parceria bonita.
Bluejeans (64251) 2007-09-30 11:14
Ola Ros ,
Bonita vista sobre esta torre Hercules muito bonita a arquitectura , gostei de ver a linha em diagonal nas paredes do farol , a fauna e muito identica a da costa de Portugal , gostei muito do ceu , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
jmdias (63396) 2007-10-04 17:53
lindos colores y luz en su foto, el punto de vista es muy bueno también. El azul del cielo quiebra su monotonia com na nube
mesquens (2401) 2008-04-26 15:42
Que bela e limpa foto dessa agreste região. O POV foi brilhante e a foto está muito bem composta.
- Copyright: Ros P Osado (Zelanda) (5692)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-07-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-27 8:03