Pakri Lighthouse


Nav. Sign Number


Nav. Sign Name

Pakri Lighthouse



Short Description

A red cylindrical stone tower with a balcony and lantern room

Is In Nav. Registry


Open for Visitors



North Estonia


Majaka tee 45, Paldiski, 76806 Harju maakond


59.3874475, 24.0351608

Light Mode

On in the Dark

Year of Construction

1724, 1760, 1889

Light Characteristics

LFl W 15s

Light Visibility Distance

12 miles

Light Height From Ground

52.2 m

Light Height From Sea

73.9 m

1. May - September 31 every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1. October - April 30, Sat, Fri 12:00-18:00
Other times by arrangement.

Additional information: mob + 372 55576087
Home page:

Pakri Maritime Observation Tower and Lighthouse. Tallinn City Archive.
Pakri Maritime Observation Tower and Lighthouse. Tallinn City Archive.

The lighthouse is located on the north-western tip of the Pakri (Packerort) peninsula, on the edge of a high limestone strip, and marks the seaward edge of the northern coast by an important shipping route and helps with orientation. A lighthouse-like building could have been on the high shore of the Pakri peninsula already during the Swedish rule in the 17th century. In 1724, by order of Peter I, a new limestone lighthouse was erected, the location of which is said to have been shown to the builders by Peter I himself when he visited Paldiski in 1723 as the future main base of the Russian Navy. In 1760, a new 48-foot tall limestone lighthouse was built on the peninsula. It is possible that it was a reconstruction of an earlier tower.

1889. In 2010, a new stone lighthouse was completed 80 m from the old Pakri lighthouse, which at 52 meters was the slimmest on the Estonian beaches. Due to the landslide, the old lighthouse was dangerously close to the edge of the limestone belt, which is why it was demolished up to the first floor after a while and was used as a kerosene warehouse.

1903. In 2010, a separate building for the pneumatic siren and motorists' residence was built north of the lighthouse. In the 1930s, the lighthouse was placed under the control of Mereside Post. An observation tower and a signalmen's residence were added to the complex.

During the Second World War, in 1941, the service buildings and the light equipment of the lighthouse were badly damaged, so most of the service buildings had to be rebuilt. As a newly functional building, a generator building was built in the 1950s, where diesel generators and radio beacon and fog alarm equipment were located. Three residential buildings, a cellar, a sauna, a generator building and two warehouses have been preserved from the service buildings. In 2001, the lighthouse was thoroughly restored.

The lighthouse complex is under national protection as a cultural monument, and the lighthouse is included in the list of 100 lighthouse-architectural monuments compiled by The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). It is no longer possible to admire the partially preserved form of the old lighthouse in Pakri, as the sea has washed away the high embankment and it is only a matter of time when the old lighthouse sinks into the sea.