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The Tower of Hercules will be lit up in green to celebrate Saint Patrick´s Day because of the legend according to which Ireland was discovered from its top

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  • World Heritage listed oldest roman lighthouse in use is placed in A Coruña, a perfect Easter holiday destination in the Spanish country of Galicia

The Tower of Hercules will be lit up in green to celebrate Saint Patrick´s Day because of the legend according to which Ireland was discovered from its top

A Coruña, March 16th, 2016.- The Tower of Hercules wil be lit up in green tonight to celebrate Saint Patrick´s Day (March 17). That is the way A Coruña is taking part in Tourism Ireland´s Global Greening campaign, because of the link between World Heritage listed Spanish lighthouse and Ireland. According to the legend, Breogan, mythical Celtic king of Galicia and founder of Brigantium (a kingdom
supposedly based on A Coruña), built the town a tower —the Tower of Breogan. The tower was so high that from the top, one of his sons, Ith, could see the top of a green shore: Ireland.

The legend of Breogan comes from the Leabhar Ghabhála Érenn, the “Book of Invasions”, a compilation of oral stories from eleventh century Ireland. Many legends from the Middle Ages to the 19th century surround the Tower of Hercules, which is unique as it is the only lighthouse of Greco-Roman antiquity to have retained a measure of structural integrity and functional continuity. That is why the
monument has been World Heritage listed by Unesco.

The sons of the Celtic king (says the book) decided to go on an adventure in order to see what was on such a green land. Breogan lighted a bonfire at the top of the tower, so his sons could find their way back home, but unfortunately Ith was murdered in Ireland. Ith´s nephew Mil Espaine (Irish form of the Latin Miles Hispaniae, which means "Soldier of Hispania”) decided to leave Brigantium to
conquer Ireland. His descendants are supossed to be the ancestors of the Gaels, the Irish of today.

Free guided tours all year long starting on Easter

Visitors are welcome to book free guided tours to discorver the Tower of Hercules and its surrounding. Mil Espáine, Breogan´s grandson and father of the Celts, will show you the mythological Atlantic world and interpret the sacred land of Tower of Hercules´ Sculpture Park: an authentic outdoor art museum packed with history, myths and legends. Visitors are welcome to book at A Coruña´s Tourist Information Offices. ‘Tower of Hercules World Heritage Site’ tour starts at 12 p.m. every Saturday from 26th March to 17th December. It is available in three languages: Galician, Spanish and English.

A Coruña is leisure and joy. The cultural, gastronomic and touristic offerings of A Coruña are wide and diverse. It is a peninsula almost surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the largest Promenade in Europe (12 kilometers long). A Coruña is a perfect Easter holiday destination. It offers direct flights to London Heathrow Airport.

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