Roman Lighthouse Reviews
It is amazing to still see this standing. It just shows how good the Romans were. You can walk inside it. Afterwards walk up the hill and admire the view. more »
The signs are well placed and describe perfectly the way the lighthouse functioned a thousand years ago. However, it also helps to understand the structure before you get there. more »
A Roman Lighthouse with no information whatsoever. It would’ve been nice to see a sign next to it giving some history, facts, curiosities. You can go inside, but there is absolutely nothing there. Furthermore, when you try to take a picture from the bottom up, it will be ruined by a bird net. Very disappointing.
The Dubris Pharos (lighthouse) is located on the highest part of Castle Hill, within the grounds of Dover Castle (beside the church of St Mary in Castro). It's much older than the medieval castle and it's amazing really that it has survived and still stands today. Apparently it's the oldest building in England, the tallest Roman structure in Britain, and is only one of three lighthouses to survive from the whole of the former Roman empire. The four story, eight-sided lighthouse was built by the Romans around AD 115-40, during the time when Britain was an outpost of the Roman Empire. It was no doubt built to act as a beacon to guide ships into the harbour below. When the church of St Mary in Castro was built, in about AD 1000, the Dubris Pharos was incorporated into the design as the church's bell tower. When visiting Dover Castle a visit to the Dubris Pharos is a must. Dubris was the name used for Dover by the Romans and Pharos, from ancient Greek, is an ancient lighthouse or beacon to guide sailors.
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