Saturday, 25 December 2010

MAXIMUM CARDS FROM ISRAEL

Israel Post issued on November 26th, 2009 a series of stamps presenting three of the lighthouses built along Israel’s southern Mediterranean coastline. My friend Bruce sent me the maximum cards which is a splendid contribution to my collection.
 Jaffa (Arab. Yaffa, Heb. Yafo) is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the ports along the Israel’s coast. The Palestinian Arab city of Jaffa is military occupied by Israel since 1948, and is part of the unified city Tel Aviv-Yafo since 1950.
Jaffa Lighthouse was built by French engineers in 1865 on a hilltop located at the waterfront. It was built as part of operations carried out by the Ottoman authorities to improve the port facilities, mainly due to the increase in export of citrus fruit. The current round cylindrical concrete tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands, was built by the British in 1936. Israel relocated port operations to a modern port about 6 km (3.5 mi) north of Jaffa and the old harbor now serves only small craft. The historic lighthouse tower is being maintained as a daybeacon. The 4.60 NIS stamp depicts the tower and a small boat transporting passengers and cargo since the rocks along the Jaffa shore did not allow ships to enter the port.
 Tel Aviv Lighthouse, also known as Tel Kudadi Light, is an inactive lighthouse in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is located near the beach on the north side of the Yarkon River Estuary, on the foot of the Tel Aviv South Breakwater. The tower was built by British authorities in 1934-1935 to help ships approaching the shore pass local sandbars safely. The 17 m (56 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower was painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern. In 1965, when Tel Aviv port was officially closed due to the opening of the Ashdod Port in the south, the light was shut down.
Ashdod is a city located 32 kilometers (20 mi) south of Tel Aviv and its port is Israel's largest port. The modern port started to be designed in 1957 and its construction took eight years. The port began operations on November 21, 1965 and the Ashdod Lighthouse was lit in 1966. The 42 m (138 ft) cylindrical concrete tower carries an array of communications gear as well as a lantern. The upper half of the lighthouse is round and is painted in a red and white checkerboard pattern; the lower half is triangular and is unpainted gray concrete.

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