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21/26.- Ouessant, Creac'h Lighthouse and Museum

The lighthouses are an essential part of Ouessant life. The island is a rocky promontory in the ocean, with cliffs and sandbanks all around it. The area used to be sadly famous for its many shipwrecks, and furniture in the houses used to be built from wood retrieved from the ships that hit the rocks. Today, the Breton coast is studded with powerful lighthouses guiding the ships, including supertankers, through the English Channel into the North Sea. Just above Ouessant runs the Ouessant "rail", a maritime "highway" on which traffic is closely monitored. In recent times, the "rail" has been displaced northwards, in order to keep risky traffic farther away from the coasts.

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