Date Built: between 280 and 247 B.C
State: Destroyed in 1480 A.D.
The tallest lighthouse currently standing in America is only half of the size of the lighthouse built in Alexandria. It was a structure that was ultimately a first for the world, one that protected ships for up to 30 miles of the Egyptian coast. Built between 280 and 247 B.C., it is believed that the final structure was built from stone in three stacked sections. Once the Pharos Lighthouse was completed, rumors in regards to the magnitude of the lighthouse spread so quickly that artists who had never seen the structure began painting it. The completed lighthouse stood somewhere in the range of 394 and 449 feet tall for over a millennium.