The Klaipėda and Ventė Cape Lighthouses in the New Stamps

Oct 31, 2013

Lithuania Post is continuing to issue postage stamps from the series Technical Monuments with two new stamps featuring the Klaipėda and Ventė Cape Lighthouses to be released on July 27, Saturday.

The both stamps have been designed by the painter Vilius Bručas. Each stamp will be released in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 2.45.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover and cardmaximums will be issued. On Saturday postal correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at the Klaipėda Main Post Office.

The Klaipėda Lighthouse is one of the first lighthouses erected on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the north-eastern side and set off on 1 September 1796.  Only a 4 metres authentic base has survived until nowadays through 200 years of its history. During the World War II, the lighthouse was fully destroyed. In 1953, it was rebuilt and improved. Nowadays the lighthouse is 44m in height, situated 500 metres from the sea, and the signal can be seen from the distance of 33 kilometres.

The Ventė Cape is the most remote point in the west side of Šilutė District. Ships and rafts were exposed to great danger at this place. A wooden lighthouse with an oil lamp was erected in the cape of Ventė in 1837. In 1860, the construction of a stone lighthouse started.

Presently, the Ventė Cape Lighthouse plays a symbolic role as navigation in the lagoon is not intensive.  Usually it shows the way in winter to ice-fishing persons. Nowadays, ornithological station carries out its activities in the lighthouse.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-30 stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.