Friday, 4 June 2010

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM SPAIN

Rosa Isabel, my Spanish collector's friend sent me this cover, some nice stamps and three lighthouse postcards from her country. On January 27, 2006, Correos de España issued a 0,78 € stamp to commemorate the 150 years of the History of the Bank of Spain, the national central bank of Spain. The bank building, located in the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, was inaugurated in 1891 and was built by architects Severiano Sainz de la Lastra and Eduardo de Adaro. In the stamp is depicted the corner of the last enlargement done lately by architect Rafael Moneo.

The Cabo Mayor lighthouse presides over the entrance to the Bay of Santander, province of Cantabria, Spain. Located on a headland projecting into the sea about 5 km north-eastern of the city, this historic lighthouse was built in response to a royal order of 1833 and inaugurated in 1839. The 30 m (98 ft) stone tower rises from the center of a circular 1-story stone keeper's house. Well maintained, it is a popular touristic attraction adjacent to an area with race track, camp site, public park and golf course.

The Death Coast (Costa da Morte) is part of the Spanish Galician coast and received its name because there have been so many shipwrecks along its treacherous rocky shore. Cabo Corrubedo is the most dangerous Spanish cape south of Finisterre, since it projects far into the sea and the ridge continues underwater as a series of shoals. Here is located the Cabo Corrubedo lighthouse, the 14 m (46 ft) round granite tower, mounted atop a semicircular 1-story masonry keeper's house. Built in 1853 by the Spanish engineer Celedonio Uribe, it was lit on February 20th, 1854. The unusual semicircular design of the keeper's house was meant to minimize wind resistance.

The Castro-Urdiales lighthouse is located atop a vertical cliff at the point of the peninsula in Castro-Urdiales, Cantabria. The 16 m (52 ft) stone tower is attached to one corner of the massive stone Castle of Santa Ana. The lighthouse was lit for the first time on November 19, 1853, during the reign of Elizabeth II and has been renovated several times. The Castle of Santa Ana and the adjacent church of Santa Maria de la Asunción are among the oldest and best known Gothic buildings of the province; they are believed to date from the 13th century.

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