„Church of Curtea de Arges Monastery” half-millennium anniversary stamp issue rolled out


Romfilatelia announced the release of the postage stamps series ‘Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery – 500 years’, consisting of two postage stamps with a face value of RON 4.50 and RON 14.50, respectively, and a first day cover, in celebration of 500 years of existence and this worship place.

According to a release to Agerpres, the anniversary issue also features two special philatelic products: the philatelic album with a circulation limited at 500 copies, having the two stamps of the issue attached, and the „first day” envelope with the vignettes of the 4-stamp block, both numbered in black from 001 to 500, and the chromolithograph, in a limited edition of 250 copies. The latter is an exclusive item, numbered from 001 to 250 in black and stamp canceled with the specimen having the Romfilatelia logo embossed on it.

Beginning Friday, October 12, the new postage stamps issue can be purchased at all Romfilatelia stores in Bucharest and the country.

Famous for its history, beauty and the legend that surrounds it, the Church of the Curtea de Arges Monastery was built between 1512 and 1517 by Prince Neagoe Basarab, on the foundations of the Metropolitan Cathedral built by Vlad II Dracul, and was considered even in 1654 „one of the wonders of the world” (as notes Christian Arab chronicler and traveler Paul of Aleppo), reads the release.

With an impressive architecture in Byzantine style, with influences from Arabic, Persian and Armenian art, the church dedicated to the ‘Dormition of the Virgin Mary’ was consecrated in August 1517. Considered the royal necropolis of Romania, the church narthex accommodates the tombs of Prince Neagoe Basarab, Prince Radu of Afumaţi, but is also the burial place for Kings Carol I and Ferdinand, and Queens Elisabeta and Maria. The relics of St. Filofteia and the Gospel painted with scenes from the Holy Week and written with golden letters by Queen Elisabeta are kept in the chapel of the monastery.

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