Latvijas Pasts releases a new stamp in the series Lighthouses of Latvia - it depicts Šlītere Lighthouse built in 1849, which stands on the edge of the precipice of the Blue Hills (Zilie kalni) in Dundaga Parish and is both the highest above sea level and the inland-most lighthouse in Latvia. The first day cancellation of the new stamp is scheduled to take place on the 15th of March 2019 in Riga post office No. 10 at Elizabetes iela 41/43, from 8 AM to 8 PM.
The print run of the stamp Šlītere Lighthouse is 80,000 copies, and its face value is € 0.90, which corresponds to the cost of sending a regular Class A postcard within the European Union. The stamp is accompanied by the issue of a special cover with a print run of 1,000 copies. The new philatelic releases have been designed by the artist Arta Ozola-Jaunarāja.
Šlītere Lighthouse is located 5.3 kilometres from the Baltic Sea shore - on the edge of Šlītere Blue Hills - and is a lighthouse that was constructed furthest inland in Latvia. The height of its tower is 26 meters and the fifth floor, which gives view to the Baltic Sea and the forests of Slītere National Park, sits 100 meters above the sea level.
The lighthouse was built in 1849 by the baron of Dundaga manor for the purposes of forest fire surveillance and as a day-time landmark for ships navigating Irbe Strait in the Baltic Sea. The rotary light at the lighthouse operated from 1961 until 1999, but since the year 2000, the lighthouse serves as one of the tourism and environmental education objects of Slītere National Park.
Latvijas Pasts started issuing stamps in the series Lighthouses of Latvia in 2003, and fourteen stamps dedicated to the lighthouses of Latvia have been released until now: Ragaciems Lighthouse (2018), Roja Lighthouse (2017), Ovīši Lighthouse (2016), Salacgrīva Lighthouse (2015), Ainaži Lighthouse (2014), Užava Lighthouse (2010), Liepāja Lighthouse (2009), Akmeņrags Lighthouse (2008), Pape Lighthouse (2007), Mērsrags Lighthouse (2006), Daugavgrīva Lighthouse (2005), Miķeļbāka Lighthouse (2004) and Kolka Lighthouse (2003) - all of them can be viewed here.
The stamp and the cover Šlītere Lighthouse is available for viewing here.
The next philatelic release is scheduled for the 29th of March.
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