Tower of Hercules

Ancient lighthouse in Spain

The Tower of Hercules (Galician and Spanish: Torre de Hércules) is an ancient Roman lighthouse in Spain. It is on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 mi) from the centre of A Coruña, Galicia.

Tower of Hercules
Native name
Spanish: Torre de Hércules
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LocationCorunna, Galicia, Spain
Coordinates43°23′9″N 8°24′23″W / 43.38583°N 8.40639°W / 43.38583; -8.40639Coordinates: 43°23′9″N 8°24′23″W / 43.38583°N 8.40639°W / 43.38583; -8.40639
Elevation57 metres (187 ft)
Visitors149,440[1] (in 2009)
Governing bodyMinistry of Culture
Official name: Tower of Hercules
Designated2009 (33rd session)
Reference no.1312
State Party Spain
RegionEurope and North America
Official name: Torre de Hércules
TypeRoyal property
Designated3 June 1931
Reference no.(R.I.) - 51 - 0000540 - 00000
Tower of Hercules is located in Spain
Tower of Hercules
Location of the Tower of Hercules in Spain

The tower is a National Monument of Spain. Since June 27, 2009, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] It is the second tallest lighthouse in Spain, after the Faro de Chipiona.

The Tower of Hercules was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.[3]


Specific references
  2. UNESCO website
  3. "Lista de 100 finalistas de Nuestros 12 Tesoros de España". 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
General references

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