Accueil du Phare de Gatteville
The first tower here still stands, minus its lantern. It has been used as a signal station since 1861. At 247 feet, the active lighthouse is the second tallest in France after the Ïle Vierge Lighthouse (271 feet). There are 365 steps to the top.
Tower Height: 247
Height of Focal Plane: 236
Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 10 seconds, visible for 29 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: Conical stone tower, two dwellings attached.
This light is operational
1775: Conical stone tower on a square dwelling, 82 feet tall.
Date Established: 1775
Date Present Tower Built: 1834-35
Date Automated: 1984
Optics: First-order Fresnel lens.
Fog Signal: Horn, two blasts every 60 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, museum.
Open To Public? Yes.
The lighthouse is open year-round, except for mid-December through January. (It is open during school vacation around Christmas.) Hours vary seasonally. From May through August, the hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is an admission fee.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!