Tuesday, 11 September 2018

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM SPAIN

 The Castle of San Sebastián is a fortress built in the early 17th century on an island in Cádiz, Spain. The island had earlier been the location of a monastery dedicated to San Sebastián. The castle is located at the end of La Caleta beach and is joined to the mainland by a long jetty (36°31′42″N 6°18′57″O).
The San Sebastián Lighthouse is a 37 m (121 ft.) octagonal skeletal tower with central cylinder located within the castle and is the only surviving lighthouse with this structure in Spain. The engineer Rafael de la Cerda Mollinedo projected the metallic tower: the construction began in March 1912 and the tower was first lit on September 30, 1913. It was totally restored and repainted in 2017. 

Correos de España issued on September 18, 2015 a commemorative stamp celebrating the 450 years of foundation of St. Augustine in Florida, USA. St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Agustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The stamp is composed of two images of Pedro de Avilés, an illustration and a photo of the monument erected in his honor in the American city. In the background the map of the peninsula of Florida.

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