Sunday, April 14, 2013

Lighthouses of the Adriatic Sea and of the Danube, Yugoslavia

I have quite a lot of lighthouses stamps, but wanted to pick something where the odds of someone else posting the same would be really low....lets see if I had succeeded :)

this splendid set of lighthouses was issued in 1991 in the beautiful, but unfortunately, no more existent land of Yugoslavia...still, memories and stamps remain :)
I love the theme...I have a fascination for lighthouses and all the stories they know...there is just something magical about them, and what do they actually experience throughout their calm and rough many secrets are they actually hiding?
The booklet says: Although today's time is full of modern installations for ships orientation and regulation of their navigation, there are still faithful friends of sailors - nautical and fluvial lighthouses.
These proved helpers of ships and their captains, lead and direct sailors through stormy seas and rivers and enable them a safe and sure way and return to their homes and families.

The set shows lighthouses found along the shores of the Adriatic Sea and the Danube river, and ironically enough, only Macedonia doesnt fall in either category...the rest of the former Yugoslav republics either have the Adriatic Sea or Danube...or both, like Croatia.

the front page of this booklet shows the Prišnjak lighthouse at the Adriatic sea in Croatia, erected in 1886 not far away from the island of Murter (hello Agi!! :))))

and here inside the booklet we have the rest of the lighthouses, where the first ten stamps 'talk' about lighthouses found at the Adriatic Sea, while the last two are at the Danube river. I will briefly represent each of them below.

first comes the 29 m Savudrija lighthouse, the northernmost in Croatia and reputed to be the oldest on the Adriatic Sea, erected in 1818.
Next to it is Sveti Ivan na Pučini (or, St. Ivan at the open sea). It was built in 1853 and it is located on the most distant islet of the small archipelago in front of Rovinj, Croatia.
Third comes the Porer lighthouse,built in 1833, on the Porer island in Croatia.
Next to it is the Stončica lighthouse, built in 1865 at the northeastern cape of the Vis island in Croatia.
The Olipa lighthouse is the 5th stamp in the row, believed to be built in 1842. The lighthouse is on the uninhabited Olipa islet in Croatia.
The last in this row is the Croatian lighthouse of Glavat, built in 1884 on the Glavat island in the Lastovo channel.
the bottom row starts with the Veli Rat lighthouse, built in 1849, on the southwestern cape of the island of Dugi otok, 35 km west of the city of Zadar, Croatia.
Next to it is Vir, built in 1881, at the western coast of the Vir island.
Then comes a lighthouse with a probably complicated name for non-English speakers, called Tajerske sestrice, (or the Tajer sisters) built in 1876 on the Sestrica Vela island (or Sister Vela).
The last of the Adriatic lighthouses is the lighthouse of Ražanj, in Croatia again, built in 1874, at the western cape of the Brač island.
As I said previously, the last two lighthouses are at the Danube river, the first one being Đerdap (a beautiful National Park in Serbia that stretches along the right bank of the Danube river). The other Danube lighthouse is Tamiš, a 359km long river, originating from Țarcu Mountains in Romania, and flowing into the Danube in the northern of Serbia.

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  1. this is a fantastic set! :))

  2. You've certainly succeeded - I'm sure nobody else will have the same. They are wonderful!

  3. I would tend to agree with Sheila!
    What a great set of lighthouse stamps. these lighthouses are not as tall but they do their job.
    Thank you for joining us this week.

  4. What a fantastic set! I love them! The one on the cover is interesting, in that it doesn't look like a stereotypical lighthouse. I like it though, it is kind of quaint. :)

  5. It's nice to see the complete set. It's a spotlight!

  6. I like the alternate spellings of Yugoslavia on the set. Did they do that a lot on sets of that era there?

    1. well, those are the actual spellings, Jugoslavija/Југославија, in Latin and Cyrillic alphabets respectively, since they were both official back then. We do not use Yugoslavia here...that's for international purposes..the letter Y does not exist in our alphabets :)

  7. I believe you've succeeded in posting something different.

    I didn't see this set in any of the blog entries about lighthouse stamps that I visited.

    Really nice stamps! Especially that one along the Adriatic Sea and Danube River.

  8. What a great set, I haven't seen any of these before.

  9. Thanks so much for the lovely comments everyone! I am glad I have succeeded to show you something new and different :)

  10. That is a nice selection and with stamps that I have not seen before :)

  11. I like how they have harmonised the colours. I'm fascinated by lighthouses on rivers, none of ours are large enough in the UK.

  12. oh hello! ;) i was in a hurry and failed to post a decent comment...definately great to see the very local lighthouse here :)))

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