Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lighthouse of the Week, April 16-22: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia

You may not ever have heard of Dagestan.  And I must admit, if I ever did, I forgot -- even though Dagestan has been involved in the violence and war in Chechnya, which is on its western border.  To find it, and learn about it, here's Wikipedia for you:  Dagestan.

What you also may not know, especially if you never heard of Dagestan, is that the port city and largest city of Dagestan, on the Caspian Sea, is Makhachkala.   I agree, it sounds more like a place in Hawaii or India.  But it's not.  To add to the potential confusion, the Makhachkala Lighthouse is a red-and-white striped tower that looks like it would be more at home on the coast of Maine.

Here's a bit about it, from the Lighthouse Directory:

"1866 (station established 1852). Active; focal plane 84.5 m (277 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 30 m (98 ft) octagonal tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands."

So it has been there awhile.  I couldn't find a picture of it taken from offshore, so we'll just have to be content with these.

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