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 "This Lighthouse was the cynosure of all eyes."
– Henry David Thoreau

The Great Lighthouse is a Classical Era Wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built on Coast adjacent to land and a Harbor with a Lighthouse.


Weak and forgettable, the Great Lighthouse in Civilization VI can never match the prowess it used to have in Civilization V, despite having almost identical bonuses. It provides some minor economic benefits and an extra Great Admiral Great Admiral point, but the Movement Movement bonus for naval units is its biggest selling point. However, naval warfare in Civilization VI is not as important as it used to be. Furthermore, naval units are inherently faster than land units, movement on water is not hindered by terrain features, an extra Movement Movement most of the time will help close the gap between two points when marching your units, other than actually have any major military ramifications. The one civilization that can truly benefit from this Wonder, surprisingly, is the Ottomans, since their unique unit, the Barbary Corsair, is one rare naval unit that benefits from an extra Movement Movement, as it uses Movement Movement to pillage multiple tiles per turn, and not exactly in a true military fashion. Harald Hardrada's Viking Longship is also good at pillaging, but this unit requires 3 Movement Movements per pillaging, an extra Movement Movement does not allow it to pillage multiple tiles per turn so the Great Lighthouse is not that useful.

Civilopedia entry[]

The Great Lighthouse of Alexandria (one of the seventeen cities the egotistical young general named after himself), known to the ancients as the Pharos, was reputed to stand between 393 and 450 feet high – making it one of the tallest structures in civilization for many centuries. Begun in 280 BC by Ptolemy Sotor, one of Alexander’s Macedonian generals and successors, on a small island to help guide trade ships into the harbor of the thriving city, the Lighthouse was not completed until 247 at the phenomenal cost of 800 talents. Its light at the top of the massive tower was produced by a furnace reputedly made of solid blocks of limestone, and was visible for one hundred miles. Although badly damaged by three earthquakes between 956 and 1323 AD, it did not topple over – making it the third-longest surviving of the ancient wonders. Finally, the sultan of Egypt quarried the remaining stone (some had fallen into the harbor) to build the Citadel of Qaitbay in 1480 to protect Alexandria against the Ottoman Turks (didn’t work).


Related achievements[]

Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Playing as Macedon, conquer a city containing both the Great Library and Great Lighthouse wonders.
A play on the phrase 'Stupid is as stupid does' from Forrest Gump, and a reference to both wonders having the epithet 'Great' and being built in a city that Alexander founded (Alexandria in Egypt).
Civilization VI Wonders [edit]
Wonders AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-Only.pngAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-Only.pngChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãEtemenanki1Forbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-Only.pngGreat Bath GS-Only.pngGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-Only.pngKotoku-in R&F-Only.pngMachu Picchu GS-Only.pngMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-Only.pngMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-Only.pngOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-Only.pngPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-Only.pngStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-Only.pngStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-Only.pngTemple of Artemis R&F-Only.pngTerracotta ArmyTorre de Belém1University of Sankore GS-Only.pngVenetian Arsenal
Natural Wonders Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-Only.pngCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-Only.pngEye of the Sahara R&F-Only.pngEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-Only.pngGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-Only.pngKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-Only.pngLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-Only.pngMatterhorn R&F-Only.pngMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-Only.pngMount Vesuvius GS-Only.pngPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-Only.pngPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-Only.pngTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-Only.pngUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only.png
1 Requires a DLC2 Specific scenarios only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.