Vuurtoren J.C.J. Van Speijk, Egmond aan Zee

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The J.C.J. van Speijk Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the North Sea coast near Egmond aan Zee, in the municipality of Bergen, North Holland, in the Netherlands. The foundation of the lighthouse, shaped like a tomb, is the official Dutch memorial to Jan van Speyk, a hero to the Dutch people.
The treacherous sea near Egmond necessitated the construction of two lighthouses, which were built in 1833. The northside of the light is red to warn for dangerous shallows near the coast north of Egmond. As soon as a ship leaves the danger zone it sees the white light. The south tower, on the Torensduin, was deactivated in 1891 and demolished in 1915. The north tower is still there, and is declared a Rijksmonument.
The lighthouse was selected in 1834 as the national J.C.J van Speijkmonument, to honor the memory of the Dutch naval hero. The original idea was to build a new tower as a monument, but there were insufficient funds, so the existing tower was reconstructed. The monument was designed by Jan David Zocher and built by J. Bos from dimension stone.
After the construction of the North Sea Canal and the two lighthouses at its mouth, in IJmuiden, the van Speijk lighthouse was equipped with red windows, to avoid confusion. In 1891 it was equipped with a rotating light; in the same year, the south tower was extinguished. Make Vuurtoren J.C.J. Van Speijk a part of your Egmond aan Zee vacation plans using our Egmond aan Zee trip builder.
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  • The lighthouse in Egmond aan Zee is open only on Sunday, between 11:00-13:00 o’clock. The time of visit it’s about max 30-35 min. The stairs upstairs are tight but safe. Inside some information... 
    The lighthouse in Egmond aan Zee is open only on Sunday, between 11:00-13:00 o’clock. The time of visit it’s about max 30-35 min. The stairs upstairs are tight but safe. Inside some information...  more »
  • The lighthouse looks beautiful during the day, but I recommend to come back at night. They have done a great job with the lighting and it is perfect for a nice picture. We had the luck to be here... 
    The lighthouse looks beautiful during the day, but I recommend to come back at night. They have done a great job with the lighting and it is perfect for a nice picture. We had the luck to be here...  more »
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  • Relaxing place for a walk when is not summer. There is a parking lot in front of the beach, many restaurants and beautiful views.
  • Walking by and seeing the lighthouse was cool, but it is closed for renovations at the moment. Also I don’t know if the lion head is suppose to have painted eyes and mouth but it made me laugh.

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