Friday, 1 July 2011

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM GREECE

 Athos is a small and narrow mountainous peninsula in the Greek region of Macedonia, where lies Mount Athos with its steep and densely forested slopes reaching up to 2,033 meters. A World Heritage Site, it is home of twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries (which are presently inhabited by some 1,400 monks) and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic. It is also known as Agion Oros in Greek (meaning Holy Mountain in English).
Since 2008, the Hellenic Postal Service issues stamps for postal use only at the two post offices of Mount Athos. The first set of five stamps was issued on the 16th of May 2008 and was followed by several others in 2008 and 2009. Since May 2008, the Mount Athos Monastic Community started issuing its own stamps and that year released five sets of five stamps depicting the Athonian monasteries. The 2, 42€ stamp shows the Holy Monastery of Konstamonitou issued on November 7, 2008.
Chania is the second largest city of Crete and lies along the north coast of the Greek island. In 1212 A.D. the Venetians conquered Crete. Then they decided to build a new city on the remains of ancient Kydonia. They built the port and a lighthouse was established around 1570.

In 1830 England handed Crete over to Egypt. The 26 m (85 ft) round cylindrical stone tower was built by the Egyptians in 1864, at the end of the breakwater mole on the east side of the entrance to the harbor. Its magnificent cylindrical shape with unpainted white stones remembers a minaret with an internal stairway that leads to a balcony with a glass tower. In 2006 a thorough restoration was carried out and the lighthouse is a landmark at this charming historical city.

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