Greece, a country with a strong naval tradition and history dating back to the depths of antiquity, counts thousands of kilometers of coastline on continental or island territory.
The rich Greek naval civilization always had as solid symbols its extremely useful lighthouses. Tose buildings steadily climbed above the sea on the shores and flashed during the night making sailing safer and traveling easier.
The annual celebration of the “International Lighthouse Day” on the third Sunday of August is established since 2003. On this day, the lighthouses are open to the public and promote their timeless significance and the work of the lighthouse-keepers, wherever they still exist.
In 2018, International Lighthouse Day was celebrated on Sunday, August 20, and 350 lighthouses from around the world participated, including 23 from Greece, among them one from Paros, the lighthouse of Korakas in Paros Park.
The world’s prestigious selection of lighthouses is based on strict criteria of location, importance, condition and maintenance of their buildings, but also accessibility.
It is a great honor for Paros and especially for Naoussa to have one of the most important lighthouse in the world, among 350 lighthouses in 50 countries! In Paros, Antiparos and the surrounding islets there are currently 17 automatic beacons from which two operate on a stone lighthouse building. One is in Agios Fokas and the other, which has a keeper, is the recognized lighthouse of Korakas in Naoussa, with a luminescence range of 14 nautical miles and a focal height of 60 meters.
The lighthouses, as a naval aid of great importance for the safe passage of the ships, are perhaps the most emblematic and impressive buildings of the naval history of our country.
They have been gazing for centuries the Greek seas and have been a timeless element for safe maritime communication, especially for the islands’ population. And the honorific selection of the Koraka Lighthouse in Paros Park, is the highest recognition of its utility and value in the center of the Cyclades and the Aegean.