The Tower of Hercules of A Coruña
The Tower of Hercules is the prime symbol of the city of A
Coruña. It is the world's oldest lighthouse still in operation,
and the only Roman lighthouse there. It was declared a World Heritage
site in 2009.
With a height of 68 feet, the Tower of Hercules was built in the
second century, although its current facade that corresponds to the renovation
was done in the eighteenth century and which changed its original circular floor plan to
its current square floor.
Legend has it that the area was inhabited by a giant named Geryon
that had terrorized the locals because they were forced
to give half their assets, including their children. One day the
inhabitants decided to ask for help from Hercules, son of Zeus, which is
faced the giant for three days. After defeating him, cutting off his
head, buried it and ordered the construction of a tower commemorating
his victory. Near the tower, a free city was founded, and it is said that
the first person who came to live here was a woman named Cruna,
whose name christened the new town.
Around the Tower is the Sculpture Park Tower
Hercules, an outdoor museum open access, with
more than 15 works.