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February 1, 2019

France: Goulphar Lighthouse

Goulphar Lighthouse

The Goulphar Lighthouse is located near the village of Bangor on the Belle-Île-en-Mer, an island off the southern coast of Brittany France.  It is one of a chain of lighthouses along the Brittany Coast. The coastlines of Brittany have the greatest concentration of lighthouses in the world.

Goulphar sits well back from the water, roughly a kilometer from the waters of the Atlantic. Mostly you expect lighthouses to be near the water. That’s not the case here. Presumably the ships at sea know to keep their distance.

Of note, Augustin Fresnel, a founder of modern optics and the inventor of the Fresnel lens, designed the lighthouse   Fresnel’s lens allows the capture more oblique light from a light source. A lighthouse equipped with one of these lenses is visible over a greater distance. Not unsurprisingly, the Goulphar Lighthouse is equipped with a Fresnel lens.


We visited the Goulphar Lighthouse in August of 2018. For €2.50 visitors can climb the 247 steps to the top and enjoy the view.

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  1. Great opening photo! What camera did you use to capture these?

    Comment by tmaxfilm — February 1, 2019 @ 7:44 pm

    • A Nikon D500

      Comment by anotherheader — February 2, 2019 @ 10:09 pm

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