Student Stories on the Lighthouse of Alexandria - The Lighthouse of Alexandria by Kaitlyn Dunn


The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as The Pharos Lighthouse, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The lighthouse was built around 290 B.C. and was located on Pharos Island, Egypt. It was built by Sostratus of Cnidus to help guide sailors into the port. It was 440 feet tall and survived 22 earthquakes!

As for its appearance, the lighthouse had many windows, floors and a round base. Each floor was a cylinder, getting smaller as the lighthouse got higher. It also had a mirror to reflect and shine light. It’s also the only one of the seven wonders with a purpose! Three earthquakes also came back for revenge and destroyed the lighthouse in the year 1480.

This is what Sostratus of Cnidus looked like when he built The Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Some fun facts about The Lighthouse of Alexandria are that it was one of the tallest man-made structures for over 1,000 years! It also was the last of the seven wonders.

Original Release: May 23, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 11, 2017

1) Emad Victor, 3D model of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PHAROS2006.jpg, May/23/2007, May/23/2017, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PHAROS2006.jpg
2) Luis Figuier, Sostratus of Cnidus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greeks, Dec/31/2007, May/25/2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greeks
3) Carole Bos , Pharos Lighthouse, https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Pharos-Lighthouse, Oct/07/2013, May/26/2017, https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/Pharos-Lighthouse

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