The distinctive tower on Terschelling, Brandaris, is the oldest in the Netherlands. The first tower was built in 1323 in order to show ships the correct route to the Zuiderzee. As Terschelling was slowly 'eaten', this lighthouse collapsed into the sea around the year 1570. The current (third) tower dates from 1594 and is still standing. It is no longer possible to visit the Brandaris because the lighthouse guard is too busy.