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Name: Dunkerque Light   Map it!

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Also known as: Le Risban

Nearest Town or City:
Dunkerque, , France

Location: North Sea.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand
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Managing Organization:
Musée portuaire de Dunkerque


This lighthouse is built on the ruins of a 17th century fort called Le Risban.

Tower Height: 184

Height of Focal Plane: 194

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 10 seconds, visible for 26 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White conical tower with black ornamentation in the upper portion and a brownish red lantern, on a square building.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1843

Date Present Tower Built: 1843

Date Automated: 1985

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

The lighthouse is open to visitors on Sundays in July and August. Pre-booked group tours can be arranged throughout the year. For details, contact the Musée portuaire de Dunkerque, 9 quai de la Citadelle, 59140 Dunkerque; phone:

Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!

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