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Press release Europe 2017, Castles

Romfilatelia launches the postage stamp issue Europe 2017, Castles, a theme selected for this year by PostEurop, an organism of the Universal Postal Union, specialized agency of the United Nations.

Former properties and residences of rulers, built many centuries before by old noble families, the castles of Romania have a glamour which, together with the beauty of the surroundings, weaves itself spectacularly with history. For the legends kept within their walls, together with their architectural and surrounding beauty, these destinations are extremely appealing for Romanian or foreign tourists.

The postage stamp issue Europe 2017, Castles comprises of two values being completed by a special philatelic product, which portrays the two castles, monuments that are genuine architectural jewels.

This issue is available starting with Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, in Romfilatelia’s shops in Bucharest, Brasov, Bacau, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara.

The stamp with the face value of 4.50 lei, is pictured The Hunyadi Castle, one of the most important monuments of Gothic architecture in Romania. It impresses with its presence through its various architectural styles, and legends woven around it.

An imposing building, with towers and bastions, the castle was built by John Hunyadi in the 15th century, on the site of an old fortification. The building has experienced significant transformations during his time, serving as a fortified strategic point and as feudal residence.

The Hunyadi Castle is one of the most beautiful and well preserved medieval buildings.

The most significant parts of the construction were unchanged from the architectural point of view, even if in time the Hunyadi Castle had several owners who have tried to put their mark on the architectural style, it has retained its originality and remained an enlightening example of military architecture in the south-eastern Europe of the 15th century.

The Károlyi Castle, illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 15, a wonderful architectural jewel, is the first residence of the Károlyi family in Carei. The Károlyi family’s castle bears the marks of its function as a fortress, in the larger system of fortifications designed to stop Turkish attacks.

Due to the Turkish invasions, the residence was transformed into a fortress with strong walls on all four sides, with four corner bastions, each of them with gun ports and an exterior moat.

The Turkish attacks did not succeed to destroy the citadel, but caused great damage and the repair works began in 1660.

Once the military conflicts in the area ceased, Antal Károlyi (1732 – 1791) sketched out the first plans to turn the building into a full residence, but the actual works began in 1792. The main elements of the fortress, the bastions, are demolished and the fortress is transformed into a Baroque inspired castle which gained over the years an eclectic style, with original architectural elements.

Between 1894 and 1896, at the initiative of István Károlyi (1845 – 1907), the Károlyi castle goes through a new process of transformation, following the plans of the German architect Arthur Meining. This time, the Baroque castle takes on the look of a medieval knight’s castle.

The three façades of the castle combine architectural and decor elements of several styles, Romantic, Baroque; the eastern façade is dominated by the Neo-Gothic style.

Both castles presented, so steeped in history and legend, silent witnesses of some many battles and intrigue, were declared museums and opened to the wider audience to be discovered in detail and to be placed in higher honor in the treasury of Romanian tourism.

This issue is completed by a first day cover and as page composition were used the sheet of 32 stamps and the minisheet of 6 stamps, block of 4 stamps and a block of 2 imperforated stamps.

The special album is created into a limited run printing of 353 pieces and reunites under a common theme, products belonging to philately and numismatics through two valuable collection products: the block of two imperforated stamps and the medal which shows on the obverse and reverse the effigy of John Hunyadi and the Hunyadi Castle. The Certificate of authenticity presents the characteristics of the medal and the issue’s block is numbered from 001-353.

Romfilatelia thanks for the management of the Károlyi Castle in Carei and Huniazilor Castle in Hunedoara for their documentary support granted in the creation of this postage stamp issue.


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