​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Postojna Cave – Underground Post Office

Postojna Cave – Underground Post Office

0 €
Datum izida:3/21/2013 11:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Underground Post Office
Tisk:Joh. Enschedé Security Print, The Nederlands
Izvedba:4-colour offset
Papir:102 gsm PVA gummed
Velikost:
Zobčanje:Harrow 14 : 13 1/4
Ilustracija:
Fotografija:Rudolf Bruner Dvorak
Pošta:
Poštna številka:

Postojna Cave – Underground Post Office

<p>Postojna Cave is the most famous cave in Europe, welcoming <br>half a million visitors each year. In its 200-year tradition <br>of tourism, the cave’s beautiful dripstone formations have <br>been admired by 35 million people, including 150 monarchs. <br>The cave extends for 21 kilometres. Tours of the cave have <br>been possible for 141 years via the cave railway. It is a cradle <br>of biospeleology, and an area with the greatest diversity of <br>cave fauna in the world, since in addition to the proteus or <br>“human fish”, it is home to the first cave beetle, Leptodirus <br>hochenwartii, and 100 other species of cave fauna. <br>Prior to the appearance of postcards, the cave had already <br>enjoyed a long tradition of tourism. The number of postcards <br>sent from Postojna grew markedly at Whitsuntide and the <br>Feast of the Assumption, when mass events and dances were <br>held. For this reason the cave management sent a request <br>to the Austrian trade ministry in Vienna for the opening of a <br>post office in the cave. On 15 August 1899, next to the Dance <br>Hall, 500 metres from the entrance to the cave, the first <br>underground post office in the world was opened. It used the <br>postmark “ADELSBERGER GROTTE – POSTOJNSKA JAMA”. <br>At first the post office was open only on special occasions, <br>but after 1911 it operated regularly, with a record 75,000 <br>postcards being sent at that time on Whitsun Monday, and <br>thereafter 6,000 to 11,000 were posted each day. Even during <br>the First World War, when Postojna hosted the General Staff <br>of the Austro-Hungarian forces for the Soča (Isonzo) Front, <br>the underground post office stayed open, and continued <br>to operate between 1922 and 1927, after the annexation of <br>Postojna to the Kingdom of Italy. At that time the post office <br>used the postmark “POSTUMIA (GROTTE)”. In May 1927 <br>a second underground post office was constructed in the <br>Concert Hall, 1400 metres from the cave entrance, and this <br>operated up until 1945. <br>Postojna Cave </p>