Culture  249 steps for a panoramic view
16/10/201506:00 TV5MONDE
 




This lighthouse, the Grand Phare de l’île de Sein was built in the late 1830’s in order to meet safety requirements. The currents and flows are famous for being very strong in this area, which makes it very dangerous for the boats. The island of Sein is located a few kilometers from the west coast of France, near the Pointe du Raz. The inhabitants had to adopt a special lifestyle due to the tough weather conditions.
In deed, a bit more light was more than welcome in the 19th Century. Made of granit rose (the typical rock in this region), the lighthouse became part of the everyday life until 1944 August 4th when it was destroyed by the Germans, who have occupied the island since 1940. It was then replaced by a new lighthouse in 1952 (50meters high), called the Phare de Goulenez (Goul Enez), easy to spot with the black summit and white base. 
 

 
The island of Sein is only about 2km long and covers not more than 50 hectares.
Another highlight on the island is the village and port area, which is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France' and is a picturesque village of small, typically whitewashed houses clustered around the harbor.
From the view from the Pointe du Raz, the Ile de Sein seems to be as flat as a pancake… After climbing the 249 steps of the lighthouse, the panoramic view is amazing though.
 
 
 
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