The Lighthouse

Architectural Description

The lighthouse was built following a detailed study carried out by Telde engineer Juan de León y Castillo, who committed every detail of the construction to paper, ensuring that all aspects of the work could be completed from the plans. The site chosen for the construction was away from the dunes on a solid base of sandstone, just 2.2 m above sea level.

The architectural composition is therefore based on the fusion of two main parts: the keeper’s house and the tower. The quadrangular house was designed on the principles of traditional aristocratic architecture, with a central courtyard surrounded by four richly ornamented façades in blue stone quarried from the nearby area. These principles followed stylistic trends of the time, and the lighthouse building was a typical example of the eclectic fashion of the era, combining symmetry in the openings, a façade decorated with blue quarry stone (openings finished with curved lintels noteworthy for their elongated composition reaching the upper floor cornice, skirting, fascia, cornice, corners forming a chequered pattern and torus moulding) and the use of noble materials for the finishings (pitch pine and wrought iron).

The Tower

The tower is a truncated cone rising on the south side of the building, next to the sea. It is built from blue quarry stone, in the same material used to ornament the façade of the building. The decorative stonework of the façade of the keeper’s house continues in the tower (base, fascia and cornice, and torus moulding highlighted by decorative rings in three sizes). The design, with a traditional shaft, decreases in size as it reaches the capital, which is also finished off with decorative rings and corbels.


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