The Savudrija lighthouse (also known as the Punta Salvatore lighthouse) is the oldest lighthouse in Croatia, located near the village of the same name at the northern end of the Istrian peninsula.
Savudrija Lighthouse History
Also known as the Punta Salvatore Lighthouse, it was ompleted in 1818 and is the oldest operational lighthouse on the Adriatic. While the Italian lighthouse in Barletta known as Faro Napoleone is considered to have been built at an earlier date in 1807, it was later decommissioned and replaced by a breakwater lighthouse in 1959.
It was initially lit with coal gas, the first lighthouse to be designed and operated in this manner. Although widely touted as a success, continued problems meant that it was quickly replaced with an oil-powered system.
Designed by architect Pietro Nobile, construction began in March 1817 and was financed by a stock issue through the Trieste Chamber of Commerce, which had actively promoted the need for a lighthouse to aid navigation in the port of Trieste. It was also sponsored by Francis I of Austria, who was present when the lighthouse was inaugurated in April 1818.
Local stone was used to build the 19-meter tower, which supported a double gallery and a gray lantern. The buildings, including the two-story main keeper's house and other one-story buildings, were a later addition, completed in 1821. The height of the tower was later increased by 10 m to its current height of 29 m in the late 19th century.
Guests have an apartment with 4 beds at their disposal. The sea is 30 m away and there are many restaurants near the property.
The lighthouse has an enclosed garden with Mediterranean plants characteristic for this green part of Istria.