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South African Lighthouses – national monuments and popular tourists’ attractions

South African Lighthouses – national monuments and popular tourists’ attractions
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StampNews.com got to know that South Africa Post has prepared a new stamp issue illustrating its great lighthouses. The release of this set of stamps took place on the 20th of August. A set of five self-adhesive stamps and one commemorative envelope feature artwork by JWS Longland, a student from North-West University.

For about 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th century, sailing around the southern tip of Africa, was a deadly business, as evidenced by some 2 000 shipwrecks along our 3 000-km coastline. In the 1800s, the first South African lighthouses were built to warn ships of the treacherous conditions. Today, there are 45 lighthouses along South Africa's beautiful coastline.

Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids. In South Africa, some of these beacons of light from days gone by, are now national monuments and popular tourists attractions. The lighthouses featured on the stamps were chosen either for their historical value, their particular location or their special features.

The stamps contain an extra exciting feature, which is glow-in-the-dark ink.

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