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Vuurtoren Eierland

Another picture from the island of Texel, but no picturesque church this time, but the lighthouse of Texel on the most northerly point of the island.

The lighthouse is called Eierland, was built in 1863-1864 and designed by Q. Harder. The tower is 34.7 meter high. The tower is surrounded by the North Sea in the west, the Wadden Sea in the east and het Eierlandse Gat in the north. On the other side of het Eierlandse Gat you can see the island of Vlieland.
The people of Texel decided in the 1860'ies to build the tower because of the large amount of ships that ran aground off the coast of Texel (72 in the period 1848-1860).
In 1927, the tower was electrified and in April 1945, the lighthouse was under heavy fire, so after the war the lighthouse had to be renovated and started working again in 1950. In 1982 the lighthouse became a monument.
The tower has a white light with a strength of 2,850,000 cd and is located near Texel's youngest village, De Cocksdorp.

I cropped this picture a bit and increased the colours.
Hope you like it!

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