Wednesday, July 20, 2011

0062. Spain - Torre de Hercules (Tower of Hercules) Lighthouse Picture Cancellation

The picture cancellation and the cover released by Espana (Spain) depicts the Tower of Hercules Lighthouse.

This Lighthouse is the World's Oldest active Lighthouse and also one of the most famous and historic Lighthouse.  From the inscription(s), it is learnt that the Lighthouse may be founded during the rule of the Emperor Trajan.

During the Dark ages, the Lighthouse was abandoned after the fall of Rome.  But, during 13th century, when Coruna became an important port, the Lighthouse was put back in service.  In 1785, the Lighthouse was completely restored by Carlos III.  The height of the Lighthouse was extended with an Octagonal second stage.

The Lighthouse is the symbol of Coruna and most visited in Galicia.  It is called the Tower of Hercules because of an old legend that Hercules himself built the Lighthouse.  

In June 2009, the Tower was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lighthouse is located in the Parque de la Torre at the Northern end of the peninsula, nearly surrounded by water and with a sweeping view of the open Atlantic Ocean.

Built in an unknown period (probably in the early 2nd century AD), the Tower of Hercules Lighthouse:

  • Tower is SQUARE CYLINDRICAL stone
  • Tower has extended OCTAGONAL second stage
  • Tower unpainted DARK GREY stone
  • Lantern painted BLACK
  • Height is 49 metres
  • Colour scheme of the LIGHT is WHITE
  • LIGHT character is 4 (four) FLASHES every 20 seconds

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