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Punta Carretas Lighthouse



Punta Carretas (Carriages Headland) is the most southern point of Montevideo and Uruguay since the construction of the massif which nowadays is a crowded fishing place.  Although in the historic maps it is known as Punta Brava (rough headland), because of the vast amount of shipwrecks that took place there, then it was rebaptized Punta Carretas, because of the form of its crags that looked like "carretas".  The lighthouse or streetlight of Punta Carretas, built in 1836, is 21 metres avobe the level of the sea. When it was built, it produced a white light, fixed, that could be seen from 10 miles away in clear weather. The instruments were brought from England and they include: luminous elements, optical glassware and the rotation of time spring mechanism.    Punta Brava or Punta Carretas is an isolated peninsula tightly vinculated to the city. The privileged sights from the east coast and the west coast, the magnificent dusts, the west inlet that defines a natural point, and in the inside, a rocky border made of little and varied inlets, constitute an insurmountable coastal heritage.  Source: Montevideo City Council




Punta Carretas Lighthouse


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