The Lighthouse is a building available in the Classical Era.

Game Info

Building a Lighthouse requires a coastal city.

  • +1 Food Food from sea tiles
  • +1 additional Food Food from Fish
  • +1 Production Production from Sea Resources

With Social Policies / Tenets:

  • Naval Tradition (Exploration): +1 Happy Happiness
  • Merchant Navy (Exploration): +1 Gold Gold


Since man has taken to the sea in ships, he has built beacons on the shore to guide returning vessels back to harbor and to warn their captains of perilous shoals and rocks. The earliest known lighthouse was the Pharos (Great Lighthouse) of Alexandria. Constructed on the small island of Pharos just off of the coast of Alexandria, it survived for over a thousand years, guiding countless thousands of vessels to Alexandria's safe harbor.

Unique Building Replacements


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Mythic Emblems - The Beothuk (Nonosbawsut)
  • Unlocked at Sailing
  • Has 6 variants, only one of which may be built in each city

Art by Sukritact

Plankhouse - The Chinook (Comcomly)
  • Unlocked at Pottery
  • May be built in cities with access to any body of water
  • When built next to a River, +2 Gold Gold for Outgoing Traderoute Trade Routes

Art by LastSword

Sea Market - Phoenicia (Pygmalion)
  • Provides a random Luxury, which changes every 25 turns
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Art by TopHatPaladin

Wetu - The Wampanoag (Massasoit)
  • Costs less Production than the Lighthouse
  • Contains a Great Work of Writing slot