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Castillo San Felipe del Morro Lighthouse
Faro del Morro (San Juan, Puerto Rico).jpg
Location San Juan, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°28′15.79″N 66°7′25.01″W / 18.4710528°N 66.1236139°W / 18.4710528; -66.1236139Coordinates: 18°28′15.79″N 66°7′25.01″W / 18.4710528°N 66.1236139°W / 18.4710528; -66.1236139
Year first lit 1908 (rebuilt tower by the U.S Coast Guard )
Automated 1962
Foundation Fort
Construction Brick/Masonry (1908 tower)
Tower shape Square tower on castle
Markings / pattern Gray "Moorish revival"
Original lens Third order, Fresnel 1908
ARLHS number PUR-005

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Lighthouse, also known as Faro de Morro Port San Juan Light by the National Register of Historic Places and colloquially Faro del Castillo del Morro and Puerto San Juan Light, is a lighthouse atop the walls of Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan. It's the first lighthouse built in Puerto Rico.

Faro del Morro (Original structure, 1898)
Photo of second lighthouse built on top of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, ca 1895

The first Castillo San Felipe del Morro Lighthouse was built in 1846 and exhibited a light using five parabolic reflectors. In 1876, a new octagonal iron tower was constructed atop the walls of the fort . The tower was hit by U.S. artillery fire in the Puerto Rican Campaign of the Spanish–American War on May 12, 1898. The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1899 but developed structural problems and was demolished in 1906. The new and current lighthouse was constructed in 1908 as a Moorish Revival style "square tower on castle". Public admission tours into the tower are held, and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, along with Castillo San Cristóbal and much of the city walls are part of the San Juan National Historic Site also open to the public.

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