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.