Designer: Melanie Efstathiadou
A lighthouse is a structure, usually in the form of a tower, that shines a light out to sea to be seen by 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. The Kiti lighthouse is 22 meters high and is built 10 meters from the sea on a promontory on the cape of the same name south-east of the village in Pervolia. The lighthouse in Paphos is located west of the town’s Castle and the Cape Greco lighthouse is built at the end of the cape bearing the same name on the south-east coast of Cyprus.