Monday, 17 December 2012

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 (53° 56.0' N  014° 17.0' E). 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.  Every year at the first weekend of August Świnoujście celebrates its major event - The Sailing Ship's Parade – when it is possible to watch the majestic sailing ships and smaller sailing vessels going out into the open sea in parade formation.
The Polish Post Office issued on 15 June 15, 2007 a set of four stamps depicting lighthouses on the Polish Baltic Sea coast. In Polish, a lighthouse is a "sea lantern," latarnia morska, plural latarnie morskie.  The 3.55 zł stamp shows the Hel lighthouse, a 40 m (131 ft), eight-sided brick tower built in 1942, at the end of the Hel peninsula, which guides ship traffic entering the Gulf of Gdańsk. 

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