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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 the coast and adjacent to a Harbor with a Lighthouse.


The Great Lighthouse provides some minor economic benefits and an extra Admiral6 Great Admiral point, but the Civ6Movement Movement bonus for naval units is its biggest selling point. Maritime civilizations such as England, Indonesia, and Norway should try to build this wonder to make their navies even more intimidating.

Civilopedia entry Edit

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).

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Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement Greatest Is As Greatest Does (Civ6)
Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Playing as Macedon, conquer a city containing both the Great Library and Great Lighthouse wonders
Both wonders have the epithet 'Great' as did Alexander. Also, both were built in one of his founded cities (Alexandria in Egypt).
Wonders in Civilization VI

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Natural Wonders

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1: Added in Rise and Fall2: Added in Gathering Storm3: Requires DLC4: Specific scenario games only
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