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15 unique and beautiful lighthouses around the world

Since the first lighthouse was built around 300 BC, these beacons have helped ships navigate rough waters, rocky coasts and treacherous sailing. Here are 15 unique and beautiful lighthouses around the world.

Cape Reinga Lighthouse - North Island, New Zealand

The Cape Reinga Lighthouse is located where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. From this vantage point, you can watch as the two sea currents swirl together.

Cape Neddick Light - York, Maine

Cape Neddick Light, also known as "Nubble Light," was built in 1879 and is still in use today. Though not accessible to the general public, it can be viewed from the mainland by telescope.

Fingal Head Light - Fingal Head, New South Wales, Australia

When the Fingal Head Light was first built in 1872, the lighthouse keeper had to row from the pilot station every evening to manually light the flame.

Alcatraz Island Lighthouse - San Francisco, California

The lighthouse on Alcatraz was there long before the infamous prison, and was actually the first lighthouse constructed on the West Coast of the United States.

Illa Pancha Lighthouse - Galicia, Spain

The region of Galicia draws tourists to see its beautiful lighthouses strewn along rocky coasts. Illa Pancha Lighthouse, pictured here, was built in 1880.

Portland Head Light - Cape Elizabeth, Maine

George Washington himself commissioned Portland Head Light to be built in 1787. It's the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine.

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse - Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse is located on a solitary rock east of Ushuaia. Their motto is "end of the world, beginning of everything."

Diamond Head Lighthouse - Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Overlooking a great expanse of the Pacific Ocean, this lighthouse was first built in 1899. It was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 2007.

Hog Island Lighthouse - Paradise Island, Bahamas

Called Hog Island Lighthouse, Paradise Island Lighthouse and Nassau Harbor Lighthouse, it's the oldest one in the Bahamas, having been built in 1817.

Marshall Point Light Station - Port Clyde, Maine

Millions of people saw this lighthouse when it was used as the ending point of Forrest's epic run in "Forrest Gump." The lighthouse was built in 1832.

West Point Light - Seattle, Washington

West Point Light was first built in Seattle in 1881, and it was lit by a kerosene lamp for 44 years before it was finally connected to an electric grid.

Peggy's Point Lighthouse - Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Point is the crown jewel of Nova Scotia's "Lighthouse Route." It's noted as one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.

Porer Lighthouse - just off Premantura, Croatia

The tiny island of Porer is located just off the coast of Croatia. You can actually spend the night in this lighthouse and do some diving in the Adriatic Sea.

Nugget Point Lighthouse - South Island, New Zealand

Nugget Point is named for the boulders that can be seen in the water right below the point. The walk to the lighthouse is absolutely stunning.

Point Reyes Lighthouse - Point Reyes, California

This 16-sided lighthouse is almost always enveloped in heavy, freezing fog and wind, but visitors who catch it on a clear day are in for an incredible view.

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