The Faros or
lighthouse is a 134 ft octagonal skeletal tower with central cylinder
painted with black and yellow horizontal bands. The Key is located
northwest of the Bahía de Santa Lucia in Pinar del Río. It is
accessible by bridge from the nearby port of Santa Lucia. On the stamp
the blue star indicates the location of the Faros or
This lighthouse is
16-sided. The only 16-sided U.S. lighthouses are the short towers at
Cape Mendocino and Point Reyes, California. Originally the lighthouse
had four windows on each level to allow the maximum possible air
within the metal tower, but they have been sealed.
Roncale, San Antonio
lighthouse was built in 1850, and continues as an active lighthouse
with its light at 31 meters. It flashes two white signals every 10
seconds. The lighthouse is a masonry tower painted white.
There is a web page at
http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/cub.htm which has
information on 28 lighthouses in Cuba.