A landmark lighthouse in the Black Sea port of Constanta has been lit up this week for the first time in over a century following extensive restoration work.
The Genoese Lighthouse which was first built in the 12th century, was last lit up in 1913, a year before World War I broke out.
Liviu Merdinian, the Constanta chairman of the Union of Armenians, undertook the project to restore the lighthouse, Agerpres news agency reported,
Work began in 2015, he said, and involved input and support from the Marine Museum.
Restorers recreated the lantern and the base it stands on, while the light was adjusted to suit current specifications „and not interfere with maritime traffic in the port,” he was quoted as saying.
The lighthouse stands approximately eight meters high and is rectangular at its base which has a height of about three and a half meters. It is octagonal above that.
It is finished at the top with brackets supporting the eaves, upon which the metal housing of the lantern room also forms the roof.
The current Genoese Lighthouse was built between 1858 and 1860 by French-Armenian engineer Artin Aslan.
It replaced an older lighthouse, believed to have been built around 1300 by the Genoese who traded at the port. It was in use for 53 years, between 1860 and 1913, when the more modern Carol I lighthouse replaced it.