01 January 2009

Robben Island Lighthouse

Robben Island Lighthouse was commissioned in 1865 on the highest point of the island. Jan Van Riebeeck’s diary mentions an open flame that was lit there when ships were expected in 1656. The Lighthouse is an 18 meter masonry tower and is the only lighthouse in South Africa with alight that does not rotate. (It Flashes)
Robben Island has a long history of housing mental patients, lepers and prisoners including Nelson Mandela who was kept there for 18 years.