Thursday, July 21, 2011

0064. Dominican Republic - Columbus Lighthouse (Stamp and Cover)

The Columbus Lighthouse (Spanish : Faro a Colon) built in 1992 is located in Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.  It's a monumental 203.5 m Lighthouse built as a memorial to Columbus.  The huge building is shaped like a cross, its wings stepped back with increasing height like a Pyramid.

There is no navigational beacon in the usual sense.  The most outstanding and unique feature is the lighting system composed of 149 searchlights and a 70 kilowatt beam that circles out for nearly 44 miles.  When illuminated, the lights project a gigantic cross in the sky that can be seen as far away as Puerto Rico.

The monumental Lighthouse was inaugurated on October 6,1992, the day Columbus's "remains" were transferred from the cathedral.

Dominican Republic commemorated the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon) with the release of $10 Stamp and Cover.

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