October 1, 2016

2687, 2722, 2789 FRANCE (Saint Barthélemy) - Gustavia

2687  Saint Barthélemy - Gustavia (1)

Posted on 16.08.2016, 30.08.2016, 01.10.2016
Shaped like a horseshoe around a small, sheltered harbor, and named after King Gustav III of Sweden, Gustavia is the main town and capital of the island of Saint Barthélemy. The eventual site of Gustavia was first called Le Carénage after the shelter it provided to damaged ships. According to the archives the name Gustavia appeared between December 28, 1786 and February 9, 1787. Gustavia remains as a reflection of the Swedish period (1784-1878).

2722  Saint Barthélemy - Gustavia (2)

Three forts built in the mid- to late 17th century protected the harbour: Oscar (formerly Gustav Adolf), Karl and Gustav. The sites of Fort Karl, overlooking Shell Beach south of town, and Fort Gustav (built in 1787), at the base of the lighthouse to the north, are popular with hikers. Fort Oscar, at the tip of Gustavia Peninsula, houses the Gendarmerie. There is a museum at the end of Victor Schoelcher Road on the peninsula.

2789  Saint Barthélemy - View of Gustavia, and Gustavia lighthouse

Gustavia has many high-end boutiques that are an essential source of revenue for the island, and one of the most high class luxury hotels on the island. Built in 1961, atop a hill at the site of historic Fort Gustave overlooking Gustavia harbor, Gustavia lighthouse is a 9m round conical tower painted white with a single red band at the top. The lantern has been removed and is on display at the Musée Municipal de St.-Barthélemy in Gustavia.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2687
The first stamp, depicting turquoise, is part of the series The Mineral World, issued on January 8, 2016.

The second was issued on June 7, 2016, to celebrate The People's Front 1936-2016, First Women in Government.

On the postcard 2722
About the first stamp I wrote above.

The second stamp was issued on May 30, 2016, to mark a hundred years since the Battle of Verdun, (21 February - 18 December 1916) which was one of the largest and longest battles of the First World War on the Western Front between the German and French armies.

On the postcard 2789

The souvenir sheet Great Moments of French History - The Renaissance, designed by Louis Boursier, was issued on June 6, 2016. It comprises two stamps, with the same face value (1.40 EUR):
Field of the Cloth of Gold - was a site in Balinghem - between Ardres in France and Guînes in the then-English Pale of Calais, that hosted a summit from 7 to 24 June 1520, between King Henry VIII of England and King Francis I of France.
• Catherine de' Medici - Queen of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II.

Gustavia, Saint Barthélemy - Wikipedia
Gustavia - St. Barths Online
Lighthouses of Saint-Barthélemy - University of North Carolina official website

Sender 2687, 2722, 2789: Denise
2687: Sent from Gustavia (Saint-Barthélemy / France), on 08.07.2016
Photo: Andre Exbrayat
2722: Sent from Gustavia (Saint-Barthélemy / France), on 16.08.2016
Photo: Andre Exbrayat
2789: Sent from Gustavia (Saint-Barthélemy / France), on 17.08.2016

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