The Faro Quequén Turns 90

In honor of the Faro Quequén's 90th birthday, I thought I'd offer a photographic tribute to one of the most recognizable and beloved symbols of our coastal community.

A slew of shipwrecks off the coast of Necochea and Quequén in the 1800s prompted the construction of a lighthouse to assist ships navigating the waters near the Port of Quequén. Inaugurated on Nov. 1, 1921, the 111.5 ft.- (34 m) tall Faro Quequén was built of reinforced concrete by the firm Dyckerhoff y Widmann. The lighthouse's 400W beam is visible at a distance of up to 28 mi. (45 km), serving as a beacon for the thousands of ships that pass by every year.

After climbing the 163 steps of the Faro Quequén's spiral staircase, visitors are treated to an aerial view of the port, the expansive beaches of Necochea and Quequén, and even the shipwrecked Pesuarsa II, one of the most photographed sights in the area (in addition to the lighthouse, of course).

El Faro Quequén | The Quequén Lighthouse by katiemetz, on Flickr

Caracol II by katiemetz, on Flickr

Katie atop the lighthouse by katiemetz, on Flickr[The first of many climbs to the top of the lighthouse]

El Faro Quequén | The Quequén Lighthouse by katiemetz, on Flickr

Florcitas | Little Flowers by katiemetz, on Flickr

The Beaches of Quequén | Las Playas de Quequén by katiemetz, on Flickr[The beach in Quequén with the lighthouse in the distance]

Bajo La Luz de La Luna | Under the Moonlight by katiemetz, on Flickr[Faro Quequén under a full moon]

Caminito by katiemetz, on Flickr

Faro Quequén | Quequén Lighthouse
Calle 541 to 700, Quequén, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8am-12pm and 4pm-7pm
Admission: Free

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