Before the Danish lighthouse department was established in 1560, by King Frederik II, the sea was a scary place when darkness fell - captains had to sail in the blind, without a GPS or a mark of port and other dangerous areas. The skills and knowledge of the sailors were put to the test of darkness on a sea only illuminated by the starry sky. The establishment of the lighthouse department in 1560 was a significant step towards safe waters.
The first task of the Lighthouse Department was to mark the sea route between Skagen and Falsterbro in Sweden, a task they solved with three lighthouses - but far from the same kind of lighthouses, we know today. At that time, a lighthouse was just bonfire on a high iron platform.