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The lighthouse Porer in the Austrian Minimundus

8 November 2011 No Comment

The lighthouse Porer situated on an island near the extreme south of Istria was last year included in the park of miniature buildings, Minimundus, in Austria near Klagenfurt. The park officials chose Porer because it is, they say, a familiar sight from Croatia. The model of the lighthouse was built in their workshop. 4000 pieces of limestone bricks were used and the construction lasted for half a year.

The original lighthouse was built in 1833 on the island carrying the same name, two and a half kilometers outside the southern promontory of Istria and Premantura. The islet is an 80 meter wide rock which has three small docks for boats. It takes just over a minute to go around it. The lighthouse tower is 35 meters high and is located in the center of the stone building, a facility with a ground floor and a concrete yard.

Up until 2005 Minimundus hosted a miniature model of the church of St. Marko in Zagreb, but it was moved to another park of miniatures.

Several new models of world buildings are added to the park every year, and this year it will be the pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris and the famous Hollywood sign.

The park has a total of 150 miniatures, including the famous Paris Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, the Taj Mahal Temple, the Statue of Liberty and the Suleiman Mosque in Istanbul. The park includes numerous models of trains and railways, as well as the launch pad of the Space Shuttle.

Minimundus was established in 1958 and is located along Lake Woerther near Klagenfurt.


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