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Euromed - Mediterranean Houses - Set

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  • 09.07.2018
  • Isy Ochoa
  • Heliogravure
  • 40.85 x 30 mm
  • €1.30
About Euromed - Mediterranean Houses

The Postal Union for the Mediterranean (PUMed), a restricted union of the UPU, was created on 11 March 2011 and currently includes postal operators representing the countries of the Mediterranean basin.

La Poste has chosen the gardian house in the Camargue to illustrate the common theme of 2018 "Mediterranean Houses".

Appeared in the sixteenth century. these huts were built using local plant materials. In the 19th century, they sheltered permanently or seasonally, shepherds, fishermen, farmers, salt workers .. working in the Camargue.

This area, made up of as much water as land, and the abundance of reed, favored the construction of a typical light habitat.

The house has a gable facade; the side exposed to the mistral, is in apse and rump so as to give the least possible catch to the wind.

The roof is covered with rows of reed javelins; its ridge is covered with a row of tiles, extended with a lime mortar coating, white, which reflects the sun's rays, protects against wind and fires.

The central chevron of the rump is always extended from the roof to end up wearing a horn or a cross. In high winds, to prevent the hut from rising, ropes were attached to the ground.

In front of some huts, stands a post with ladders, called escalassoun, which the gardian is supposed to climb to monitor his troopThe bridge of Europe, the first road crossing the border between the two cities, is in this regard emblematic of the tremendous momentum that will allow to rebuild the links between the old enemies. A four-sided and two-side high-deck metal bridge, its sober and efficient architecture is the physical manifestation of the spirit of the European Coal and Steel Community: using common projects to reinvent a shared future. And when, in 1999, when the Council of Europe celebrates its 50th anniversary, the idea of ​​a park established on either side of the Rhine - the Garden of the Two Banks - emerges, the concept of a new footbridge is also born. Its realization is then entrusted to the architect Marc Mimram, the designer of many bridges which, from the Tuileries to Nantes, trace in the air elegant and aerial curves. The Deux Rives footbridge is faithful to this tradition, suspended from two protruding columns and allowing the two pedestrian and bicycle aprons to meet at the center of the river. This is where in 2009 NATO leaders chose to meet for a handshake celebrating the 60th anniversary of the alliance, again testifying to the symbolic power of the place.