Dover Roman Pharos

Dover (Dubris, also known as Portus Dubris and Dubrae) was a port in Roman Britain. Two lighthouses, each called the Pharos, were built soon after the Roman Conquest. These lighthouses were sited on the Eastern Heights and Western Heights.

The Pharos on the Eastern Heights still stands in the grounds of Dover Castle. It is still 24 m high which is close to its original height. It is one of only three lighthouses to survive from the whole of the Roman empire.

The heavily restored Anglo-Saxon church of St Mary de Castro was built to the east of the Pharos and in the thirteenth-century an extra stage was added to the Pharos to turn it into a bell tower.

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