Saturday, 21 August 2010

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM NORWAY

My Norwegian friend Gro sent me five postcards from her country and I chose two nice views from the Lindesnes lighthouse post here.
Norway Post issued on February 6th, 2007 a set of three stamps “Motorsport - Winter Rally” celebrating the first time a round of the World Rally Championships was held in Norway. Rally Norway took place in midwinter conditions (during three days in February), on 18 spectacular stages totaling 1128 kilometres through forest and mountain areas between Kongsvinger and Lillehammer. The stamp presents the Ford Focus driven by the Norwegian Thomas Schie.
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.

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.

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