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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

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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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World's Strangest Buildings

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