The Tower of Hercules

La Torre de Hercules, or the Tower of Hercules, is an ancient Roman lighthouse in A Coruña, in present-day northwestern Spain. The lighthouse is about 2,000 years old, and is on the North Atlantic coast. Historically, the tower is known to have existed by the 1st or 2nd century, with references to the design of the tower being Phoenician in design. The tower has been in constant use since this time. Originally it was constructed with a ramp along its side, for oxen to bring carts of wood to keep the light fueled at night. During the 18th century the original tower was restored with a new façade, which is the tower we see today. The tower is the oldest known still-functioning Roman lighthouse in the world. Sitting on the "Coast of Death", it remains a sentinel from days long past. The Romans who settled this region of Spain believed it to be the end of the world. The transition for life and death, in the Roman culture. -A Coruña, 2015-

The Tower of Hercules