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Mersrags Lighthouse


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Here’s a lighthouse that most of us will never get to see in person.

The Mersrags Lighthouse is located on the west side of the Gulf of Riga near Mersrags, Latvia.

Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and Belarus. Managed the Maritime Authority of Latvia it is also known as the Messaragotsem Lighthouse.

The lighthouse was originally a cast iron tower that was prefabricated in France and brought to the site in 1875. Because it sustained heavy damage in World War I it was encased in concrete in 1922. (Photograph by Pritt Kirsimaa.)

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