Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Russia Churches FDC

Russia FDC
Churches (Romania - Russia Joint Issue)
Date of Issue: 23 June 2008

St. Demetrius' Cathedral (Russia)
The warrior-like cathedral of St. Demetrius was built in 1194–1197 as a private chapel of Vsevolod the Big Nest in the courtyard of his palace and was consecrated to his holy patron, St. Demetrius. For all its formal unity, the cathedral represents a truly international project of Russian and Byzantine masters, Friedrich Barbarossa's masons, and carvers sent by Queen Tamar of Georgia.

12p: Voroneţ Monastery (Romania)
Voroneţ is a monastery in Romania, located in the town of Gura Humorului, Moldavia. It is one of the famous painted monasteries from southern Bukovina, now in Suceava County. Between May and September 1488, Stephen III of Moldavia (known as "Stephen the Great") built the Voroneţ Monastery to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. Often known as the "Sistine Chapel of the East", the frescoes at Voroneţ feature an intense shade of blue known in Romania as "Voroneţ blue". "he exterior walls — including a representation of the Last Judgment on the west wall — were painted in 1547 with a background of vivid cerulean blue. This blue is so vibrant that art historians refer to Voroneţ blue the same way they do Titian red."

Comment: Romania and Russia, two "R" initial letter countries. It's interesting. If I don't make mistake, both churches are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

1 comment:

Ismaïl said...

Hello Dear
why you didn't get the common issue between Kumeit and Romania, issued in the same occasion with the common issue of Russia and Romania, in EFIRO2008.
Try to get it cause it's beautiful too

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