New year’s resolution for 2010
I have resolved to compile a checklist of lighthouses that I would like to visit some time. I have already said I want to visit Muckle Flugga. Next on the list is in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India. The postcard below shows an amazing architectural mashup of lighthouse and courthouse. The building, described as an exquisite example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporates the lighthouse lantern room and optical apparatus in the top of its highest dome. Flickr user NavneethC took a nice telephoto shot that shows the Chance Brothers lantern grafted into the Indo-Saracenic dome.
There have been four generations of landfall lighthouses at the port of Madras, of which three are still standing—a stone tower (1844), the nearby court house (1892), and the current lighthouse (1977) located several kilometres to the south.
From time to time I’ll add lighthouses to this list, and tick them off as I visit them: