I got this beautiful postcard as a prize for solving a word puzzle back at the Postcrossing Forum. Getting a freebie card is already a treat, but getting a lighthouse postcard from Estonia is certainly such a blessing! (I have already confessed my fascination with lighthouses in a previous entry.)
Anyway, the postcard that Alexandra sent me is actually a multiview postcard showing the images of the Köpu Lighthouse, the Ehalkivi Boulder, and the Rakvere Stonecastle.
Read brief descriptions of the featured sites below:
"Kõpu Lighthouse (Kõpu tuletorn) is one of the best known symbols and tourist sights on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world, having been in continuous use since its completion in 1531. The lighthouse is built at the top of the highest hillock of Hiiumaa island, Tornimägi which is 68 meters above sea level." (Wikipedia)
"Ehalkivi or the Sunset Glow Boulder is Estonias biggest pegmatite granite boulder at the tip of Letipea peninsula. It is the largest erratic* boulder in the glaciation area of North Europe with a height of 7 meters, circumference of 48.2 meters, volume of 930 square meters, and a mass of approximately 2500 tons." (Wikipedia)
"Rakvere Castle dates back to the Medieval Period. It was ruined during the wars of the 16th and the 17th centuries when Russia, Sweden and Poland-Lithuania were at war over the nearby land. It has been owned by Denmark, the German crusaders, Russia, Sweden and Poland." (Baltic-Castles.org)
The postcard came with this horn stamp issued just this year.
Much thanks for the card, Alexandra! I truly appreciate the effort to find out which type of postcards I love to get my hands on. :)
*FYI: A glacial erratic is a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests. "Erratics" take their name from the Latin word errare, and are carried by glacial ice, often over distances of hundreds of kilometers. (Wikipedia)
Wishing you happy journeys...
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