The oldest known existing lighthouse in the world. Built circa 56 A.D. in the Roman province of Lycia, during the reign of Nero. Rediscovered in 2005 under the sand during excavations uncovering the ancient city of Patara, the lighthouse is thought to have been destroyed by a minor tsunami. Reconstruction is underway as part of the research and restoration of the city.
Patara is known as the birth place of Santa Claus and also home to the congress building, now restored, of the Lycian League, who’s republican government influenced the American Constitution during the formation of the United States. There I am, just before the archeological zone closing time, 8th October 2012.