PICTURES: World Wonders Added to UN Heritage List

 PICTURES: World Wonders Added to UN Heritage List
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Tower of Hercules, Spain

Said to be built atop the legendary remains of a slain enemy of the Roman god, the Tower of Hercules (pictured) is the only functioning lighthouse with Greco-Roman origins. By A.D. 100 the Romans had built the bulk of the roughly 180-foot-tall (55-meter) structure on a 200-foot (60-meter) cliff on the harbor at A Coruña, Spain.

According to legend, the tower's original design is based on the famed, and long-gone, Lighthouse of Alexandria (picture). Later flourishes came in the late 1700s, courtesy of the king of Spain.
— Photograph courtesy Markel Redondo, UNESCO
 
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