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252 - Tallinna sihi ülemine tuletorn

252 - Tallinna sihi ülemine tuletorn
Region: Põhja-Eesti     Light ordinates: 59.4279 N, 24.805617 E
Light running: day     Light characteristics: Q W 5s
Light height from ground: 40m     Light height from sea: 80m
Light visibility: 13M     Built, y: 1896

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Tallinn leading line. Estonian State Archive.

Project of the Tallinn rear lighthouse from 1893. Estonian Maritime Museum’s collections. 


Projects of the dwelling and well in Tallinn rear lighthouse ensemble from 1894. Estonian Maritime Museum’s collections. 


The Tallinn leading line comprises of the front lighthouse, situated on the Lasnamägi Hill next to the Kadriorg Park and the rear lighthouse, which stands 1km away from the front beacon. Although beacon lights usually flash from sunset to sunrise, the Tallinn leading line lighthouses are among the few in Estonia which have to work 24/7.

The construction of the rear lighthouse (South Katharinenthal, Red) was planned already in 1832, due to constant complaints about the front beacon not being visible enough. First erected as a wooden framework structure in 1835, it was replaced by a 40m limestone tower in 1896. By then, the complex also had a staff house and warehouses, which were repaired at the same time. The new lighthouse acquired a Fresnel device purchased from Sautter Harle & Co in Paris, which is still in use today. Although the lighthouse suffered small damages in World War II, the whole complex has preserved quite well and is listed as an architectural monument.


Tallinn rear lighthouse and a dwelling from the ensemble ca 1900. Estonian Maritime Museum’s collections. 

 Tallinn front lighthouse in 1910. Jaan Vali’s collection. 

Site plan of the Tallinn rear lighthouse ensemble. Estonian State Archive.

 K. Matukaitis, the supervisor of the lighthouses in Tallinn with his family in 1915. Robert Nerman’s collection.


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