The lighthouse in Pitsunda was built in 1891 with the participation of the Directorate of lighthouses and sailing directions of the Black and Azov Seas. The height of the lighthouse is 36 meters above sea level. Currently, the lighthouse is located inside the urban development of Cape Pitsunda. According to the plan of 1875 “Gradual production of work on the construction of lighthouses”, the construction of a lighthouse in Pitsunda was in the third stage of the construction of the Sukhum highway, but due to the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878, the terms were slightly shifted, as a result, the lighthouse was completed only by 1891.
Until 1953, an old kerosene searchlight operated at the lighthouse, during the reconstruction it was replaced with a standard electric one, which successfully served until the end of the 60s. On the territory of the lighthouse, there was a part of the USSR Navy and a border post, with which the unfortunate story of the shelling of a boat with Stalin and Beria in 1935 is connected.
The massive spiral staircase is lost in the darkness of the tower. In general, as soon as your eyes get used to it, you can walk without a lantern – it is quite light inside, the lighthouse lining is full of holes, the humid and salty sea air over the years has turned the sheets of metal into a real sieve.
Initially, the light came in only through the windows-portholes, but now it is light inside because of the holes rather than because of the windows. Smells and sounds inside, like in the hold of an abandoned ship. The light clang and rattle of rusted steps is amplified by the acoustics of the lighthouse. To put it simply, the design is a huge iron tank and sounds like it.
The rise is short, but exciting. You constantly have to hold on to the walls and look carefully at your feet. Some steps have already fallen off, and some are waiting in the wings to break under the feet of the unlucky traveler and send him down a level below. You need to be extremely careful at abandoned sites – they will fall apart … It is a pity that the architectural monument is in such a state, but if you do not look at it now, then on the next visit you may not find it. It is not customary to restore something in this region.
Somewhere in the middle, in the central column of the lighthouse, a door for access to the shaft is found. Initially, there was a kerosene searchlight in the lighthouse, but in 1953 it was replaced by a modern, electric one.
Previously, there was a copper cable inside for powering the lighthouse, but the wires disappeared somewhere back in the Soviet years, when the lighthouse finally turned into a tourist attraction and was decommissioned.
There are three levels at the top of the lighthouse. In the middle there was a “lamp”, below there was a stove and a small “balcony” in a circle.
Photos from inside abandoned Pitsunda Lighthouse
Abandoned Lighthouses might not be glamorous destinations, but the peeling paint, rusting metal, and rickety staircases make for hauntingly beautiful photos. Here are 30 photos of what the abandoned Pitsunda Lighthouse in Abkhazia look like on the inside.
The photos were taken by NordSkif & Co. They are urban explorers based in Russia. The NordSkif & Co has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
Historical Photos of Pitsunda Lighthouse
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GPS coordinates of the location: 43.147543, 40.342405