lunes, 6 de septiembre de 2010

Cover #1 - France - 06/09/2010

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  • 0,54 € Ar-Men Lighthouse
  • 0,54 € Grand Léjon Lighthouse

Ar-Men Lighthouse

It's a lighthouse at one end of the Chaussée de I'Îl de Sein, at the west end of Brittany, in France. It's one of the best known lighthouses because of its isolated situation

and the considerable difficulties its construction has presented, and the danger in evacuating its personnel. Considered as one of the most challenging workplaces by the community of lighthouse keepers, it has been named "The Hell of Hells"

The light was automated and electrified on 10 April 1990 with a 250 watt halogen lamp. Its signal is three white flashes every twenty seconds, with three an accompanying signal of three sounds every sixty seconds.

Grand Léjon Lighthouse

It's a lighthouse located in the sea, approximately 16,5 km from Saint-Quay-Portrieux in Côtes-d'Armor, in the south end of the plateau of Grand Léjon, France. It marks the entrance to the bay of Saint-Brieuc.

The construction of the lighthouse was divided in two stages. From 1859 to 1862, a first round of tapered masonry was erected to receive a fire. In 1879, the work of elevation was undertaken.On June 20, 1881, the fire was lit at the top of the turret now raised up to 23.40 m in height to bring the fire and house guards.

In 1888, a signal was installed because of a request of the sailors. Indeed, the signal light is ineffective in foggy weather. A hammer mechanism actuates by the swell outfitted the turret.


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