Prasso (Prasonisi) Lighthouse

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Prasso (Prasonisi) Lighthouse 9640

The lighthouse was built in 1890 by the French Company of Lighthouses and became part of the Greek Lighthouse Network in 1947. During World War II, it was extinguished and started operating again in 1947. It first operated with acetylene as source of light but in 1952 the torch was replaced by an oil mechanism. In 1986, the oil machines were replaced and the lighthouse has been powered by solar energy since. Standing 65 meters above sea level, it flashes four white beacons every 30 seconds that is visible from up to 17 nautical miles away. The little dwelling beneath the 11-meter stone tower being the one that used to host the lighthouse keeper. It consists of four bedrooms and one kitchen. The lighthouse of Prasonisi is accessible through a 3km dirt track starting from the beach of Prasonisi. You can reach it in just 30 minutes or so, if you walk across the island to reach its southern end. A stunning view spread out from here. The sharp rocks and the endless blue of the Aegean along with the abandoned lighthouse offer great photo opportunities, and a glance on the horizon will give you a glimpse of Karpathos Island.