Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor

Sorry, if most of my post this month has been about my Corregidor trip. I really enjoyed my travel there that I want to document every landmark that we've been to in the island.

As previosly mentioned in my other posts, the Spanish colonizers already used this island as part of its naval defenses. The island served as a penal institution thus it was named Corregidor from the spanish word " Corregir," which means to correct.

Most of the structures in Corregidor has been destroyed in World War II except for the Spanish Lighthouse. It was however severely damaged by the war that it was torn down and a new one was built in the 1950's.

The Spanish Lighthouse that is standing in Corregidor looks exactly like the original one on the same site where the old one has been built.

This charming structure with red roof and cross shaped windows is at the highest place in the island which is about 628 feet above sea level.

There's a Spanish Museum inside the lighthouse

The lighthouse has very steep stairs to reach the observation deck. It was a long and tiring climb to the top.

But the view from the observation desk is all worth it! It offers a panoramic view of Corregidor, South China Sea, Manila Bay and the provinces of Bataan and Cavite.

The sign post outside the lighthouse indicates how far and in what direction certain key cities are from Corregidor : San Francisco is 6,972 miles southwest of Corregidor, Australia is 3,044 miles north-northeast from the island while Hongkong is 692 miles south from Corregidor.

My other Corregidor's stories and their links:
* Our Corregidor Trip
* Corregidor Tour - Bottomside Landmarks
* Corregidor's Batteries and Barracks

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