Anniversary of the legendary lighthouse
Today, one of the oldest lighthouses in Russia, Tolbukhin Lighthouse, installed near Kronstadt, celebrated its 300th anniversary. We introduce you to the material "Fontanka.ru" dedicated to this event.
On August 28, St. Petersburg celebrated the 300th anniversary of the creation of Tolbukhin Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Russia, located a few kilometers from the island of Kotlin. Usually only two people live here, but today it was crowded.
The "birthday" of the lighthouse is celebrated on August 28 formally, based on archival data. As the Fontanka was told in the press service of the Western Military District, solemn events were held on the island with the participation of guests from the Ministry of Defense, a plate was installed in honor of the 300th anniversary.
Congratulations were also received by the chief and technician of the lighthouse – a married couple working there for almost a year. Retired captain of the second rank Dmitry Masko found out about the “dream job” on his 47th birthday and immediately decided, his wife supported him, the media wrote. The caretaker needs to go up to a 25-meter height 95 steps twice a day to check the lamps. The couple cooks on the stove, they are brought in products every few months.
On August 13, as part of the Lighthouses of Russia series, a postage stamp was issued for the 300th anniversary of the Tolbukhin lighthouse with a face value of 32 rubles. In addition to the issue of the brand, JSC “Marka”, first day envelopes will be issued and special cancellation stamps for Moscow and St. Petersburg, an unmarked card.
The Tolbukhin lighthouse is installed on an artificial island at the tip of the Kotlinskaya Spit, which runs northwest of Kotlin Island. It is an important landmark in this part of the Gulf of Finland, its light is visible at a distance of 19 miles.
Its construction began in 1719 by order of Peter I. The construction of a wooden lighthouse was completed on August 7, 1719. At first it was called Kotlinsky, and in 1736 it was renamed in honor of Colonel Fedot Semenovich Tolbukhin, the first commandant of Kronstadt, who distinguished himself in the defense of Kotlin during the Northern War.
The Tolbukhin lighthouse is included as a monument in UNESCO World Heritage, and in May of this year Smolny decided to include it in the register of monuments of St. Petersburg.
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