National Geographic : 1936 Aug
DrawnbyHashime Murayama, courtesy Illustrated London News LARGEST AND TALLEST BEACON EVER BUILT WAS THE PHAROS OF ALEXANDRIA, ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OFTHE ANCIENT WORLD It was completed about 280 B. C., under Ptolemy II, and the tower was approximately 400 feet high. For more than athousand years anopen fire inthe lantern guided Mediterranean galleys and early sailing ships to the chief port of Egypt. Its fate is a mystery, but its tumbled ruins were said tobevisible until about 1350. The drawing above is based upon recent historical research.