An Almost-Forgotten Piece of Marine Architecture in Italian East Africa: The Cape Guardafui Lighthouse and the Fascist Reception of Pharos

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    Abstract

    An almost-forgotten piece of Italian fascist architecture still stands in Somalia at the easternmost point of the Horn of Africa. This is a lighthouse in the shape of fascio littorio, built in 1930. During this period, fascist architecture boomed across Italy and its style influenced and reached the colonies from Libya to the Italian East Africa, as a medium to develop thalassocratic ambitions and to challenge competitors. This paper offers an original view on the real purpose of this controversial marine structure, by exploring its fascist use of Classical elements.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)649-664
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Maritime Archaeology
    Volume18
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2023

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    © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

    Keywords

    • Cape Guardafui
    • Fascist architecture
    • Italian East Africa
    • Lighthouse
    • Somalia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Archaeology

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