|A lighthouse is a structure, usually in the form of a tower, that shines a light out to sea to be seen be seafarers. For this reason lighthouses are placed on promontories, in ports and hazardous sea areas. Each lighthouse sends its light in a particular manner over a specified distance, at fixed intervals and duration and in specific colours that are internationally known and recorded in nautical codes.|
The stamps in this series depict three of the lighthouses of Cyprus; those at Kiti, Paphos and Cape Greco.
These lighthouses, in their current form, were built in the last quarter of the 19th century and local materials were used in their construction.
Today, their conventional operational mechanisms have been replaced with modern solar photovoltaic system, increasing the strength of their light and the range of their visibility from seven to seventeen nautical miles.
The operation of these lighthouses is the responsibility of the Cyprus Ports Authority.
Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Service, Cyprus Post