Joint Issue France - Egypt - Suez Canal 150th Anniversary - Set
Joint Issue France - Egypt - Suez Canal 150th Anniversary - Set for only GBP £1.25
Symbol of modernity, globalization and the power of engineering, the Suez Canal is also a monument to the greatness of human ambitions. Its multimillenary history begins with the projects of the Pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom, but it is with the French expeditions of General Bonaparte that materializes the contemporary idea of a sea passage between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The engineer Maurice Adolphe Linant draws the plans, and the friendship of the Viceroy of Egypt Said Pasha for Ferdinand de Lesseps, former consul of France in Alexandria, allows the latter to obtain a concession of 99 years and of create the Universal Company of the Suez Canal. Work begun in 1859 was completed in 1869 and the 190-kilometer work was inaugurated on November 17, 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, Francis Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, Khedive Ismail Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt and Ferdinand de Lesseps (respectively to the right and left on the stamp).
Nationalized in 1956 by President Nasser, it is today the transit route of 8% of world trade and a major strategic infrastructure. Its expansion in 2015 is expected to double the current traffic by 2025.