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Les Sentinelles des Mers

Par Guy Detienne

The lighthouse of Rubjerg Knude.
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Rubjerg Knude lighthouse (in Danish: Rubjerg Knude Fyr) is located on the west coast of Denmark, Jutland province.

This 23 m high lighthouse was inaugurated in December 1900. Its construction was located 200 m from the seaside and 60 m above sea level. Several small houses were also built around it to house staff and equipment.

Built on a dune area, the site had two major concerns.

The first concern was the movement of the dune. This one came very close to all the constructions.
On 1 August 1968, the lighthouse ceased to function. The annexes were transformed into a museum and a cafeteria was opened. This site becomes a tourist place.

But the silting continues, the houses are swallowed up and the site is closed in 2002.

The second problem is the erosion of the edge of the dune. The beach is dangerously close and the lighthouse may tip over. The edge of the dune is only 6 to 7 m from the lighthouse.

As this site is an important tourist centre in the region, the lighthouse will not be destroyed. It will be moved by 60 m.

The photos are taken from this article.

The coast in 1992.

The coast in 2008.

The coast in 2018.

The lighthouse relocation project.

The lighthouse over the years.

This 27-minute slide show shows the evolution of the 100-year-old site. We see the movement of the dune and the burial of the houses.

The lighthouse seen by a drone (Phantom 3): duration 2 min 18.

The preparations ...

2:43 video shows the lighthouse cleared from the dune.

Video taken during the preparation work, duration 4 min 32.

The relocation of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse was moved on October 22, 2019. This day was filmed by local television, Tv2nord.
This film is visible here , it has a duration of 9:10 min.

From this film, I drew a slide show of 19 images. It summarizes the work.

A success is celebrated.


I thank the people who shared their films on Youtube.

If they recognize themselves, they can make themselves known. I will put their names on the page.