Sunday, 12 July 2009

POSTCARD FROM NORWAY

This is my first postcard received from Norway, sent by Malin. The lighthouse of Lindesnes stands on the southernmost point of the mainland of Norway. The first lighthouse in Norway was established in Lindesness on February 27, 1656, consisting of 30 tallow candles in the upper floor of a three-floor tower. The light was closed after only a few months. Two coal fires, in open grates placed directly on the ground, were lit on Feb 1, 1725. In 1822, a new lighthouse was built with a light that was fueled by gas and thirty-two years later a new lighthouse equipped with a Fresnel lens was built. In 1915, the lens was moved to a white conical new white tower (height 53 meters), with a new engine room and a fog signal. Within a year, the Lindesnes lighthouse stood much as it does today.
The lighthouse has been designated a national lighthouse museum, and hosts various exhibitions relating to the development and history of lighthouses, maritime culture, etc. The underground hall below the lighthouse houses a cinema, exhibitions and a café. The complex also comprises an information centre/shop, a restaurant and a gallery.
On April 17th, 2009 Norway’s Post Office issued a stamp to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Norway's national anthem. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson wrote the words in 1859 and Rikard Nordraak composed the music for what was to become Norway’s national anthem. The stamp features words of "Ja, vi elsker dette landet" and children's procession with flags of the country on the background.

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