The lighthouse is a near-universal symbol of safety and guidance that has helped mariners find their way home since ancient times. Although they are gradually outliving their usefulness, they are still epic monuments to human ingenuity and to their own resilience. Because August 7th is National Lighthouse Day in the U.S., we decided to share some amazing lighthouse photos with our readers.

Ancient mariners were often guided home by bonfires built on hilltops, which were later elevated and evolved into lighthouses. These gradually grew taller and stronger and moved closer to the sea. Most lighthouses currently still standing are marvels of practical and resilient architecture and engineering, brushing off the worst that the seas have to offer. While their guiding beacons may soon cease to sweep across the coastal night sky, we can still appreciate how beautiful and epic these wonderful buildings look. [29 photos total]

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Cast-Iron Lighthouse, Whiteford, UK (Image credits: Matthew Jones) #
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Phare du Petit Minou, Brest, France (Image credits: Alexander Riek) #
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Frozen St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse, Michigan, USA (Image credit: Thomas Zakowski) #
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(Image credits: Charles Anderson) #
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Porto, Portugal (Image credits: Veselin Malinov) #
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Victoria Beach Lighthouse (Built In 1926), California, USA (Image credits: Dave Gaylord) #
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Viavelez, Asturias, Spain (Image credits: Manu Díaz) #
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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (Image credits: Holger Schmitt) #
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Lighthouse Of Talacre, Wales, UK (Image credits: Iain McConnell) #
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Andros Island, Greece (Image credits: Mary Kay) #
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San Esteban De Pravia, Spain (Image credits: Saghani) #
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Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales (Image credits: Joe Daniel Price) #
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Lighthouse in Beagle Channel, Argentina/Chile (Image credits: Skel Shizuko) #
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Lighthouse Of Fastnet Rock, Ireland (Image credits: Fergal O’Callaghan) #
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The Lange Nelle Lighthouse, Ostend, Belgium (Image credits: Piet Flour) #
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA (Image credits: Ratul Maiti) #
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Santander, Cantabria, Spain (Image credits: Marina Cano) #
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Stångholmen in Lysekil, Sweden (Image credits: Henrik Aleborg) #
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St Mary’s Lighthouse, Bait Island, UK (Image credits: Steven Walden) #
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Kermorvan Lighthouse, Bretagne, France (Image credits: Nicolas Rottiers) #
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Newhaven Breakwater Lighthouse, East Sussex, England (Image credits: Peter) #
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Portland Head Light, Maine, USA (Image credits: Yegor Malinovskii) #
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Mouro Island Lighthouse (Built In 1860), Spain (Image credits: Jokin Romero) #
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Brest, France (Image credits: Stefan Cruysberghs) #
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Mouro Island Lighthouse (Built In 1860), Spain (Image credits: Juan Carlos Ruiz) #
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Molnes Lighthouse, Norway (Image credits: freeezzzz) #
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Old Scituate Lighthouse (Built In 1810), Massachusetts, USA (Image credits: Francisco Marty) #
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Porto, Portugal (Image credits: Veselin Malinov) #
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Lighthouse And Aurora-Filled Sky, Iceland (Image credits: Gunnar Gestur) #

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