Friday, 26 November 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GERMANY

 The Kiel-Holtenau Lighthouse is located at the end of the Thiessenkai, the quay on the north side of the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal), the busiest artificial waterway in the world, in Holtenau, about 12 km (7.5 mi) north of Kiel. The 20 m (66 ft) round cylindrical brick tower with lantern and gallery rising from the front of a 2-story brick Imperial-style building was built in 1895. The building includes a memorial hall, the Drei-Kaiser-Gedächtnishalle, in remembrance of Kaisers Wilhelm I, who inaugurated construction of the canal in 1887; Friedrich III, who turned the first shovel of dirt here in 1888, and Wilhelm II, who laid the cornerstone of the lighthouse in 1895. It also houses a registrar's office where weddings are performed.
On November 13, 2008 German Post issued a 100 cent stamp celebrating the 150th birthday of the Swedish author Selma Lagerlof. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909 and most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils). The book, first published in 1907, records the adventures of a mischievous 14-year-old, Nils Holgersson, who is changed into a tiny being, transported across the Swedish countryside on the back of a goose, and learns about nature, geography, and folklore. Thank you, Andreas.

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