Saturday, 24 July 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM SWEDEN

These are my two first Swedish lighthouse postcards sent by my friend Miriam.
The Kullen Lighthouse is an operational lighthouse located at the end of the long Kullaberg peninsula, in Höganäs, Skane County, on the south-west coast of Sweden. The present tower is the most powerful Scandinavian lighthouse, with a range of 50 km (30 mi) overlooking one of the world's most heavily traveled waters. The first lighthouse station was established here by King Frederick II in 1561. The present lighthouse was designed by the Swedish architect Magnus Dahlander in 1898: a 15 m (49 ft) round granite tower attached to a 2-story service building. The lighthouse was automated in 1979, but is one of few remaining staffed with a lighthouse keeper. The light is situated within the Kullaberg Nature Reserve, a cliff and forest habitat for a variety of rare species, criss-crossed by numerous hiking trails.
Sweden issued on January 28, 2010 a booklet with five self-adhesive stamps named Swedish Castles & Palaces presenting five famous castles from different eras. The stamp features the Tjolöholm Castle, which was built during the years 1898-1904 in the English Tudor style and was one of the last large castles to be built in Sweden.
This stamp features the Vadstena Castle , architecturally Sweden’s most renaissance castle, the construction of which started in the 1550s. The main building and its strong central tower are surrounded by a moat.

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