Saturday, 17 September 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM FINLAND

Rönnskär Lighthouse is the second oldest light in Finland and is located on a small island at Kirkkonummi, 30 km (19 mi) from Helsinki. The original tower was built in 1800 by Sweden and destroyed during the war between Sweden and Russia in 1808-09. The second light, built on the same plans under Russian rule in 1814, was significantly heightened in 1828. The current lighthouse is a 27 m (89 ft) two-stage tower: the lower half is square cylindrical unpainted rubblestone, and the upper half is round cylindrical cut stone, painted white (59°56’23”N 24°23’10”E). In 1928, Rönnskär was replaced by the Porkkala lighthouse located 7.5 km (4.5 mi) north. The lantern was removed and radar and communications equipment was mounted atop the tower. Despite being decommissioned, the tower is in good condition.
Finland issued on January 24, 2011 a set of five second class self-adhesive stamps presenting different self-made mailboxes.
Two self adhesive stamps in the form of a shamrock were issued on January 24, 2008. The 0,05€ stamp shows an image of rings on water and the 0,10€ depicts a beautiful view of the archipelago of Gulf of Finland.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

OH...that lighthouse is beautiful..Love the picture!