In 2016 we will celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain.
The peoples of Israel and Spain are united by a long mutual history. The establishment of official diplomatic relations between Spain and the young Jewish State marked both peoples' determination to open a new chapter in our relations, looking forward without forgetting the past. Our two peoples have much in common — the cultural and economic relations as well as growing tourism that have developed in recent decades reflect this bond.
We strive to deepen these friendly relations on all levels, especially during the 30th anniversary year. During the year a series of celebrations will be conducted in both countries, as will mutual visits by high-ranking officials, including a planned visit by Israeli President Mr. Reuven Rivlin, who will be hosted by the King of Spain.
To mark the issue of this stamp, which serves as a symbol of the friendly relations between Israel and Spain, we call upon the citizens of Spain and Israel to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, and hope that the next 30 years will be even more fruitful than the last.
Israeli Ambassador to Spain
The Bridge of Strings is a cable stayed bridge built at the entrance to Jerusalem as part of the municipal light rail project. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The bridge allows the light rail to cross from Jaffa Road to Herzl Blvd, and also serves as a pedestrian bridge. It was designed as a modern gate and a new symbol of the city of Jerusalem. The bridge is 360 meters in length, weighs 4500 tons and utilizes some 10 kilometers of suspended cables. The angled mast on the side of the bridge is made of special steel and soars to a height of 118 meters. It is connected to the pavement below by 70 cables. These cables bear the full weight of the bridge with no supporting beams whatsoever. The inspiration for the design comes
from a verse in the Book of Psalms, 150:3: Praise Him with harp and lyre. According to Calatrava, "I felt that David's city should have a bridge that resembled a harp or a violin, the instrument that he played".
Construction of the bridge began in 2005 and was inaugurated on June 25, 2008.
Santiago Calatrava, born in 1951, is a Spanish engineer and architect whose style is original and unique. He has designed public buildings and suspension bridges around the world. He integrates his vast engineering knowledge and his architectural skills into his works to create aesthetic structures inspired by nature. Calatrava's unique style is characterized by the color white, extensive use of cables, arches, steel beams, stone and glass to create a "transparent" effect and organic shapes.
Calatrava became especially well known after he was awarded the contract to design the Bac de Rolla Bridge in Barcelona in preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. He also constructed the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, designed the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City and dozens of other bridges and buildings throughout the world.
In Israel, Calatrava also designed the pedestrian chord bridge in Petah Tikva and the Technion Obelisk in Haifa.