The lighthouse on Klein Curacao
One of the must-sees when visiting Klein Curacao is the iconic pink lighthouse. A lighthouse was first built on Klein Curacao in 1849 and this lighthouse was called the Prins Hendrik lighthouse. Unfortunately, this lighthouse was destroyed during a hurricane in 1877. However, it was important for shipping that there would be a good lighthouse on Klein Curacao and that is why the lighthouse was immediately rebuilt in 1877. Subsequently, this lighthouse was rebuilt in 1913 and this lighthouse can still be seen today.
The lighthouse of Klein Curacao itself
If you would like to visit this special lighthouse on Klein Curacao, it is of course important that you know where it is. You can find the lighthouse in the middle of the mini-island. The lighthouse is 20 meters high and still has an active status. The island of Klein Curacao is flat, so ships can easily miss it, and thus the famous shipwreck is also ended up on the island. Therefore, it is important that there is a functioning lighthouse on this island. In 2018, they made another modification to the lighthouse. This is because the iconic lighthouse now has an LED installation that works on solar energy! The light of the lighthouse flashes 2 times every 15 seconds and its range is 15 nautical miles. This is approximately 27,780 meters!
What’s so special?
The reason this lighthouse is so special is in the first place its unique appearance. Usually lighthouses are white or white with red striped for example. However, the lighthouse on Klein Curacao has a pink appearance. Well, the lighthouse itself is white, but there are pink outbuildings around it. This makes the lighthouse look really nice and it is perfect for photos for example! However, pay attention when you visit the lighthouse on Klein Curacao. The floors are not equally sturdy everywhere and the building is already old. In 2017, however, a complete renovation of the tower was started. During phase 1, the roof was renewed and new roof tiles were also placed. The aim is to restore the lighthouse to its full glory, so that more tourists will come every year!
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