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Norwegian lighthouses.

Lighthouses were originally built as family stations. The many strangely shaped timber lighthouses that Norway is famous for were almost always looked after by the keeper and his family. All of them, including the children, helped keep the light burning.

At large lighthouse stations the work was divided among the menfolk. Here, the lighthouse was the center of a community. The men worked in the tower. Around the tower was a smallholding, and even sometimes a school.

The lighthouse keeper was in charge of the station. His quarter were always a bit bigger and fancier than his assistant’s. All lighthouses not only look different – they were also very different to live in.

Lighthouses

Feistein Lighthouse, is situated on an island 2 km west of Sele marina, was lit for the first time in 1859 - when it was simply mounted in a tower on top of the residence. In 1914 a 25-metre high steel tower was built. Among other amenities, Feistein had its own smithy. The buildings that remain today, the lighthouse tower, lighthouse keeper's residence, the annex and boatshed are preserved as cultural heritage buildings.