Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lighthouse: The Hill, Port Elizabeth

After the tower was extended.

Monument and lighthouse, Port Elizabeth.

Sir Rufane Donkin commissioned soldiers to build a pyramid similar to that of Caius Cestius in Rome. The stone structure was personalised and brought to life by the heartfelt message commemorating Donkin's wife; ‘In the memory of one of the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the name to the town below’.

Not to be outdone by the Roman Caius Cestius, a reserve was also built around the pyramid. Now commonly known as the Donkin Reserve or Donkin Hill. To continue the essence of Port Elizabeth created by Donkin, a lighthouse was also constructed along with a cottage near the pyramid; a beautiful mosaic floor decorates the floor around the pyramid.

The Donkin lighthouse towers over the pyramid and was built in 1861. Later the height of the lighthouse was extended. In 1938, the pyramid was declared a National Monument.

Formal tours of the Donkin Reserve are conducted regularly, showcasing this popular attraction off to the world. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the lighthouse and savour truly breath-taking views of the city and the bay.

No comments: