Ristna and Kõpu lighthouses



Date of Issue : February 25, 2000
Designer : Roman Matkiewicz
Denomination : 3 kr 60 s + 3 kr 60 s
Perforation : 14:13¾
Sheet Content : 48 Stamps (8 x 6)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued (pairs): 507 360
Order Number : 186-01-2000
FDC Number : 2000-3
Eesti Post : Ristna and Kõpu Lighthouses (Estonian lighthouses series)

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  • Inland letters up to 20 g
  • Inland printed matter 50-100 g
  • Estonian lighthouses:

    05.07.1995 - Pakri
    25.09.1996 - Vaindloo
    11.02.1997 - Ruhnu
    12.03.1998 - Kunda
    20.01.1999 - Vilsandi
    25.02.2000 - Ristna and Kõpu
    24.01.2001 - Mohni
    20.02.2002 - Laidunina

    There are two important lighthouses on the Kõpu Peninsula of Estonia's western Hiiumaa Island. The Ristna lighthouse, a structure of two concentric metal cylinders connected with a winding stairway, was put up at the westernmost tip of the peninsula in 1874. In 1920, the lower part of the lighthouse was encased in concrete up to the service level, so now the 30-m lighthouse can be described as a reinforced concrete structure. It is located at 58° 56,40' N and 22° 03,31' E.

    About 9 km east of Ristna stands Kõpu lighthouse, the oldest in Estonia. Its history goes back to 1500 when the Tallinn Town Council was granted permission by the bishop of Oesel- Wiek (governing the territory of the present counties of Saare, Hiiu and Lääne) to erect a lighthouse at the highest place of the peninsula, rising to 68 above sea level. The lighthouse was completed in 1531. The lighthouse, a whitewashed square structure with massive buttresses at each of its sides, stands about 37 m from the ground, with the light on its red balcony flashing at 103 m from sea level. The coordinates of the Kõpu lighthouse are: 58° 54,96' N and 22° 11,98' E.

    Additional information:

  • Hiiumaa - The Lighthouse Tour - Discover Hiiumaa by car
    Kõpu lighthouse

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