One of the symbols of Şile that is one of the prominent districts of the Anatolian side in Istanbul is the famous lighthouse. Overlooking the Black Sea, the historical Şile Lighthouse adds a distinct value to the region's skyline with its dazzling details.
It is known to have been built in 1859 for coastal safety during the last periods of the Ottoman Empire. The height of the lighthouse is 19 meters, which is important for the security of Istanbul's Black Sea coastline and the Istanbul Strait and is located on a cliff 60 meters above the sea. Şile Lighthouse, which allows panoramic views about 60 kilometers away, is also actively used for marine transportation today.
Şile Lighthouse, the second largest Lighthouse active in the world, is a stone and metal weighted structure. It is known that the lens crystal system, which at first used a wick gas lamp, was brought from France. In 1968, this system was converted o electric power.
In the octagonal planned lighthouse, the thickness is just over a meter. The highest point is reached by a 72-steps stairs. The reason for the black-and-white striped appearance is that it is easier to see during the day. Şile Lighthouse is also a small museum where historical objects and goods can be closely examined and are open to visitors for this purpose.