Uruguay Lighthouse Five Postage Stamp Strip

Uruguay Lighthouse Five Postage Stamp Strip
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The nation of Uruguay, located in the southeast region of South America and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to its south and southeast, has a number of beautiful lighthouses that are all rich in history.   Although the country has a relatively short coastline, for the most part, all of its lighthouses are in very good condition and many are still staffed.

  • The 225-foot tall Torre Anchorena, which is the first lighthouse featured on the strip of stamps, was privately built in 1920, but apparently, it has never officially been declared an official aid to navigation.
  • The second stamp featured on the strip of stamps is the 79-foot tall Faro de Farallon, also known as the Isla Farallon Lighthouse, was built in 1870 and is still an active aid to navigation.  However, its lantern is now painted differently than what is shown on the stamp. 
  • The 82-foot tall Faro de Jose Ignacio, which is the third stamp on the strip, was first lighted on June 1, 1877.
  • The 1874 Faro De Santa Maria, which is the 4th lighthouse seen on the strip of postage stamps, is located in the seaside resort of La Paloma. Although it is still staffed by lighthouse keepers, the 137-foot tall tower is open for the public to climb on weekends and holidays.
  • The Torre Del Vigia, the 5th in the strip of stamps, was built in 1800 as a 32-foot tall watch tower to look for enemy ships. We are not sure why it was included with this set of lighthouse stamps, but at one time, it probably also served as some type of aid to navigation.

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