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Lighthouse Ameland Hollum Reviews
Climbing Lighthouse Ameland Apr 17, 2009
Ameland’s lighthouse was built in 1880 to a height of 55 meters, and served our county well for over 125 years. In 2005 the coastguard stopped using the lighthouse as modern technology took over its function. Nowadays, cameras keep an eye out on the sea, invaders, storms and what not.
After the coastguard abandoned their use of the lighthouse, they handed it to the Foundation Ameland Museums, which opened the lighthouse to the general public. They did a swell job converting it to a museum: the lighthouse is well worth a visit. You can buy a ticket in the ever so cute museum shop on the ground floor for a decent 4.25 euro. After paying the admission fee you’re only 15 floors and 236 steps away from magnificent panoramas.
However, before you reach the top floor and its gorgeous views, you first pass several floors with exhibitions on marine life, history of the tower, other lighthouses in The Netherlands and so on. Although a little amateurish in its set-up, I found it very informative. The exhibitions, among other things, taught me this lighthouse was built on the spot (after being commissioned by King William III) by bolting hundreds and hundreds of cast-iron plates together, was lit by a 4.4 billion candela light and was used not only to warn ships of the nearing shore, but also as a watch tower to look out for smugglers, ships in distress and alien invaders. Alien as in foreign, not as in those from above :)
Nowadays, the lighthouse is an enlisted monument, though it still shines nightly and brightly. Its signal is a triple beam every 15 seconds which you can see for yourself when walking the narrow balcony on the 14th floor, because besides the reasonable opening hours during the day (depending on the season), the lighthouse is also open to the public at night in summer (Wednesday to Saturday, 19:30-22:00)
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