Europa Point of Gibraltar
Europa Point is the southernmost tip of Gibraltar. Its most dominant feature is the lighthouse, which is part of England’s Trinity House lighthouses offering assistance to ships in the Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the English isles. It is also the only British lighthouse outside United Kingdom. Also found on this flat parcel of land is the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim mosque and a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Europe.
The lighthouse’s historic existence began with the laying of the foundation stone in 1838. The 49-meter tall lighthouse started its operations in 1841 then switched to full automation in 1994. Ships from as far as 27 kilometers away can see the beacon from the towering structure.
Before the lighthouse was constructed, the only source of light for the ships and mariners came from the shrine of Our Lady of Europe. The shrine was a remembrance of the Spanish conquest of Gibraltar in 1462. They built the chapel after driving away the Moors from the Rock.
Another religious building can be found in Europa Point. Near the lighthouse stands the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim mosque, a gift from the Saudi king for the Moslem people of Gibraltar opened in the late 1990s. A large underwater cistern that is said to have existed since the Moorish occupation is located on the side of the mosque.