The Lighthouse at Alexandria

Contributor: Roxann Penny. Lesson ID: 12877

What if you were in a boat and didn't have a GPS or flashlight or radar? How would you know if there was danger ahead? The Greeks built an enormous lighthouse thousands of years ago to light the way!



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The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos Lighthouse, was built around 250 BC, and was unlike any lighthouse of its time.

This particular lighthouse was the third tallest manmade structure of its time, rising to an extraordinary height of 440 feet, and was said to be visible to ships at sea as far out as 35 miles. Can you guess what other ancient building was taller? Here is a hint: This particular structure is also on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and still stands today. If you guessed the Great Pyramid of Giza, then you are correct.

To learn more about the Lighthouse of Alexandria, begin by exploring this ancient wonder with this animated tour: A Climb Up the Pharos Lighthouse. As you view the video, make note of the different visible features of the lighthouse, then discuss the following questions with your parent or teacher:

  1. Imagine you were a visitor to the lighthouse. Discuss the sights and sounds you would encounter on your trip.
  2. How do you imagine the engineers and construction workers were able to build a structure so tall?
  3. Why do you think this lighthouse is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

A Climb Up the Pharos Lighthouse (The Museum of Unnatural Mystery):

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To continue your exploration of this ancient wonder, move on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge about the Lighthouse of Alexandria by completing a summary interactive.

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