The Curonian Spit – New Lithuanian Stamps

On 26 May 2012, two new Lithuanian postage stamps from the World Heritage Objects set appeared in circulation. They feature the Curonian Spit.

One of the new stamps depicts the dunes of the Curonian Spit, and the second one features an ethnographic fisherman's homestead in Kopgalys. The author is Valdone Bruciene.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover and sheet were released.

The Curonian Spit, a combined work of nature and man, located in the territory of two countries, the Republic of Lithuania and the Russian Federation, was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 2000.

An elongated peninsular with sand dunes extends 98km in length and 0.4-4km in width. The first settlements date back to prehistoric times. The current view has been created by constant human being's fights with wind and water forces that can illustrated by long-time efforts to fortify and green the dunes.

Greening of the Curonian Spit's dunes started a couple of centuries ago and is still in process. People have formed a protective dune ridge along the seashore, and, to stop the moving sand, forests have been planted. There are no other places in the world where such vast works with the aim to fortify seashore dunes and green the Curonian Spit's take place.

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