October 23, 2011

0017 SPAIN (Murcia) - The Mushroom rocks of Enchanted City

In the region of Murcia, to Mazarrón, right near the shore in Bolnuevo, is The Bolnuevo Erosions, numită şi Las Gredas de Bolnuevo or Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City), a sandstone monuments sculpted by the water and wind, with a beautiful beach near by. Declared in 2007 "a monument of natural interest", Ciudad Encantada is formed by clay and the yellowish color is caused by the large amount of sand.Don’t confuse it with a geological site located in Castile-La Mancha, near the city of Cuenca, also known as Ciudad Encantada, where have been filmed some scenes from Conan the Barbarian (the movie released on 1982, with Arnold Schwarzenegger).

About the stamps

The first stamp is part of the series Civic Values, issued on February 18, 2011. All have the same value (0.35 EUR) and were designed by Studio Jesús Sánchez: 
Use the safety belt - It's on the postcard  0017 
Keep your city clean - It's on the postcard 0057 
Protection of persons with disabilities - It's on the postcard 0038 
Respect on the Net - It's on the postcard 0038

The second stamp Biodiversity and Oceanography, designed by Estudio Jesús Sánchez, has been issued on January 20, 2011, with a special occasion. The United Nations declared 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity and the UPU (Universal Postal Union) urged the postal administrations to issue a commemorative stamp. The Higher Council for Scientific Research has launched the Malaspina 2010 Expedition, an interdisciplinary project for "assessing the impact of global change on the ocean and exploring the still little-known ecosystem of the ocean’s depth". For nine months the oceanographic research ships Hesperides, belonging to the Spanish Navy, and the Sarmiento de Gamboa, operated by the CSIC, will sail around the world. The expedition is named after Alejandro Malaspina, a Spanish sailor of Italian origin famous for conducting the first Spanish circumnavigatory expedition of a scientific nature in the late eighteenth century. The stamp depicting the Hespérides and its reflection on the water featuring the Corbeta Atrevida, the original vessel of the Malaspina. The glass jar symbolizes scientific nature of this expedition.

Sender: Eric Clemente Figueira (direct swap)
Sent from Murcia (Murcia / Spain), on 17.10.2011
Photo: Aquiles L. Ros / 2002

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