Sunday, 3 April 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM ESTONIA

Vormsi Island is Estonia’s fourth largest island. The island is located in northwestern Estonia at the Gulf of Finland and was historically inhabited by coastal Swedes. This is the reason for many of the place names end in "by" which is the Scandinavian word for town. Located about 2 km (1.2 mi) west of the town of Saxby, the 24 m (79 ft) round cast iron tower was built in 1871.

Estonia is a small country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe and has more than 100 lighthouses along its coastline. It is a paradise for lighthouse (tuletorn in Estonian) collectors like me because Eesti Post issues annually a lighthouse stamp since 1995.
Estonia issued on September 25th, 1996 a 2.50 Kr stamp celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Vaindloo Lighthouse. The 17 m (56 ft) round cast iron tower is located on the Vaindloo Island in the northernmost point of Estonia, situated sixteen miles north of the mainland. The stamp shows at its background a map with the lighthouse location. The light stamp issued on April 22, 2010 depicts the pyramidal wooden Suurupi Front Lighthouse, a well-known historic landmark that survived 150 years about 20 km west of the capital Tallinn.

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