Tower or Lighthouse?

Functioning since late 1st century AD, the Tower of Hercules is considered as the most ancient lighthouse in the world. It was chosen by its ancient Roman builders for its view of the sea.

The Hercules Tower, was once known as “Farum Brigantium” or “Brigantia Lighthouse” and it was built on a 57 metre high rock, and it rises a further 55 metres, making it the second tallest lighthouse in Spain.

It is said that that Hercules, son of Zeus, slew the giant tyrant Geryon, after 3 days and 3 nights of continuous battle, with an arrow dipped in Hydra’s blood. Hercules then buried the head of Geryon with his weapons and ordered that a city be built on the burial site, where now the lighthouse sits. This is why now a skull and crossbones appears in the coat-of-arms of the city of Corunna, representing the buried head of Hercules’ slain enemy.

Surrounding the tower, 47 hectares border the sea and are home to 19 sculptural projects, including the “Menhirs for the peace” representing Family. Menhirs allow for the energy that is around to be captured. These sculptures have holes that allow visitors to frame the Tower of Hercules on one angle or the ocean on another.

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