Stiff lighthouse: the oldest lighthouse in Brittany that is still working

“Further west than the west”, Ouessant is the westernmost island in Finistère, a department of France in the extreme west of Brittany. The island is well known for its treacherous seafaring heritage and for its indigenous sheep. It’s also a land of many legends, including the story of Lampaul Bay and the clash between Saint Guénolé and Saint Gildas, which led to the creation of the great rock (or grande roche) right in the middle of the two coastal points. Ouessant is regarded as the entrance to the English Channel,…

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#TodayInHistory – August 18

August 18 – Some important events on this day. 293 BC 👉🏼 The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica (grape harvest festival) 1201 👉🏼 The city of Riga is founded 1737 👉🏼 First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris 1817 👉🏼 60-70ft (18-21 meters) sea serpent sightings reported offshore in Gloucester, Massachusetts 1838 👉🏼 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica 1868 👉🏼 French Astronomer Pierre…

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