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World's Strangest Buildings

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These odd, eye-popping structures—in England, China, and elsewhere—are worth a detour.

Columbus Lighthouse, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Under construction for some 40 years, and inaugurated in time for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s initial landing in the New World (which was not on Hispaniola, but in the Bahamas), this monstrously spooky concrete monument, ten stories high and 688 feet long, reputedly cost the impoverished nation some $70 million to build. The lighthouse contains what are purported to be the explorer’s bones.

Weird Wiring: When the lighthouse projects a cross-shaped beam into the night sky, it’s so bright that not only can it be seen for some 40 miles, but it drains electrical power from surrounding neighborhoods. It’s not turned on very often.
—Karrie Jacobs

World's Strangest Buildings

Columbus Lighthouse, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Under construction for some 40 years, and inaugurated in time for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s initial landing in the New World (which was not on Hispaniola, but in the Bahamas), this monstrously spooky concrete monument, ten stories high and 688 feet long, reputedly cost the impoverished nation some $70 million to build. The lighthouse contains what are purported to be the explorer’s bones.

Weird Wiring: When the lighthouse projects a cross-shaped beam into the night sky, it’s so bright that not only can it be seen for some 40 miles, but it drains electrical power from surrounding neighborhoods. It’s not turned on very often.
—Karrie Jacobs

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