|2017: Europa - Castles (Designer - Antonio Ciuffrido)|
This tiny republic is known for its hill top castles and mountain views but the choice of the Towers of San Marino for the Europa theme of Castles probably did not need much thinking about because of their significance (they appear on the county's flag). The stamp shows the first tower, named Guita, which is the major and most ancient of the three dating back to the 11th Century. Apparently if one goes sightseeing to Guita then one takes the narrow passage Passo della Streghe (Passage of the Witches) to
|2017: Europa - Castles (Designer - Antonio Ciuffrida)|
the Second Tower, Cesta, which is located on the highest summit of the three peaks of Monte Titano (Mount Titan) which overlooks the city of San Marino. Since 1956 it has housed the Museum of Ancient Arms but its selling point I think will be the view from the top of Adriatic Rimini, Ravenna and Ancona and of course the Apennine mountains. The smallest tower, Montale, did not feature on the stamps. I could not decide if these stamps are of summer or autumn but there is no doubt about the next stamp
|2017: Europa - Castles (Photographer Niclas Nordlund)|
This is Kastelholm which was built as a defensive fortress in the 1300s but its glory days were in the 1500s when it was developed into a castle. Gustav I of Sweden liked it so much he spent several months there during the hunting season. Following a fire in 1745 it fell into ruins for 120 years but went through an extensive restoration from 1982-2001 and is now a tourist attraction.
|2009: 'Smilers': Castles of England|
Back on home ground for me here. The medieval Warwick Castle is situated on a meander of the River Avon and I have been here, but only to picnic on a grassy knoll outside on a very hot summer's day, breaking a journey back home from a holiday in Suffolk, which coincidentally is the location of Orford Castle on the other stamp. I've been to Orford Castle (famous for its polygonal shape) at least on two occasions over the years, once inside and up to the top to enjoy the views and once while doing a circular walk of Orford Ness, my photo shows the polygon shape clearer I suggest.
Sunday Stamps II theme this week is - Towers/Castles/Fortresses - See It On A Postcard