Saturday, 20 February 2010

POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

Germany has two coastlines, one facing northwest on the North Sea and the other facing northeast on the Baltic Sea. Interest in lighthouses is strong in Germany, and most of the towers are in good condition. A federal law provides blanket protection to historic lighthouses. There is concern, however, that many of the lights may be deactivated in the coming years as navigators depend less and less on them. In German, a lighthouse is a Leuchtturm ("light tower"), plural Leuchttürme. A rugged coastline, sometimes dominated by sheer cliffs and steep rock faces, many islands and an intense maritime trade. These are the reasons for so many lighthouses in Germany: on the postcard a sample of 24 of them. Thank you Britta for the card.

On July 2nd, 2009 German Post issued a 55 cent stamp celebrating the 600 years of uninterrupted teaching and research at University of Leipzig. Founded on December 2, 1409 by Frederick I, Universität Leipzig is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the second-oldest university in Germany. On January 2nd, 2009 Germany issued a 45 cent-stamp celebrating the 500 years of Frankenberg town hall. On the stamp the image of the 10-towered building built in 1509, after a great fire that burnt half town in 1507.

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