Saturday, 19 November 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM POLAND

Świnoujście is a city and seaport on the Baltic Sea located in the extreme north-west of Poland, close to the German border.  Stawa Młyny is one of the symbols of Swinoujscie, as part of the official logo of the city. The 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical brick tower is a navigation beacon in the shape of a windmill. Built in 1873, it is located at the end of the west breakwater at the mouth of the Świna River.  The front (seaward) side of the white tower has four large white windmill vanes, but they do not turn in the wind. LAT: 53° 56.0' N  LON: 014° 17.0' E
 Dwór refers to a manor house used or owned by Polish nobility and built in the countryside. The “Polish Mansion Houses” stamp series presents mansion houses whose interiors were transformed in museums. The face value 50GR issued on April 30, 1997 depicts Dwór Lopusznej, the house manor in Lopuszna, a village in southern Poland near the border with Slovakia. The house was built in 1790 by Romuald Lisicki in Polish traditional way - rectangular shape, decorated wooden porch in front and the roof divided in 2:3 ratio covered by shingle (very characteristic to Polish manors). Moreover, all living rooms and bedrooms are located on the ground floor and the kitchen is in separate building.
Polish Postal Administration issued on April 18, 2011 a set of six stamps called “Smile of the world” featuring people of different countries in smiling expression. It is a beautiful and artistic work of the Polish explorer and photographer Elżbieta Dzikowska. The 3 zł stamp shows a smiling young woman resident of the Bolivian Andes.

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