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Name: Nieuwpoort Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Nieuwpoort, , Belgium

Location: North Sea coast of Belgium.

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Photo: Frank Gunst
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Managing Organization:
Administratie Waterwegen en Zeewegen


It is believed there were two "fire towers" at Nieuwpoort as early as the year 1284. The "Groote Vierboet," built around 1414, survived until the 19th century and was fitted with a lantern in 1863. It was replaced about 25 years later by a new lighthouse built closer to the sea. Both towers were destroyed during World War I. Temporary beacons were erected until a new lighthouse was built in the mid-1920s; that tower was destroyed during World War II and was eventually replaced by the current tower.

Tower Height: 95

Height of Focal Plane: 85

Characteristic and Range: Two red flashes every 14 seconds, range 16 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Conical concrete tower with red and white bands.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1863: Octagonal stone tower, 96 feet tall. 1883: Octagonal tower east of the harbor, 98 feet tall. 1926: Circular tower, destroyed in WWII.

Date Established: 1863

Date Present Tower Built: 1949

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Nearby Lodging: Bed and breakfast accommodations are available near the lighthouse. Call 32 (0)58 23 73 52 or email for information, or see

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