Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sõrve lighthouse, Estonia

A lovely lighthouse card sent by Janek

This is the Sõrve lighthouse, on the Saaremaa Island in Estonia.
Height from bottom 52m, light altitude 53m.
The history of one of Estonia's best known lighthouses begins in the year 1646. Since then, a number of lighthouses have been established in this location. The present tower made of concrete, was built in 1960.
It replaced a square stone lighthouse built in 1770 and subsequently destroyed during the fighting between the Russians and the Germans in 1944 during World War II. On 1945 a temporary wooden lighthouse was built to serve during the period between two permanent lighthouses.



Janek used two lovely lighthouse stamps as well...the one on the right was issued in a set of two on 2006, representing Tallinn Leading Line Lighthouse, while the other stamp is from 2005 again from a set of two, representing Norrby Leading Line Lighthouses.

the stamp on the very left is from a set of 3 issued in 1993, commemorating 75 years of the Estonian republic.

thanks a lot Janek! And I hope things are ok with you!

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