Discover Romania with stamps commemorating a historic region Oltenia

September 1st, 2014 is glad to inform that Romfilatelia has put into circulation new stamps showing a great historical region Oltavia, , a land shaped by the Romanian character and a window towards times long gone. This series consists of six stamps that are already available for purchasing.

Rooted in the era of the Basarab dynasty (that also gave it the name of The Cradle of the Basarabs), the historic region of Oltenia mirrors the two millennia of the Romanian people's history.

The medieval architecture of Oltenia is deeply linked to the threat of the Ottomans' attacks from the south of the Danube. Thus, the number of fortified buildings has increased, namely that of mansions; they were especially built to provide defence in this kind of situations, and were known as "cule". A representative building is CulaGreceanu, depicted on the stamp with the face value oflei 2.40, a building belonging to the Maldaresti Museum Complex in Valcea. The house was built and reworked between the 17th and 18th centuries, passing later in the patrimony of Greceanu family in the 19th century.

Another architectural jewel that honoursOltenia is the Art Museum of Craiova, inaugurated in 1954 in a sumptuous palace that belonged to one of the richest Romanians, Jean Mihail. It is illustrated on the stamp with the face value of lei 3.00. Designed in the style of the French Academicism by the French architect Paul Gottereau, the building was erected in the early 20th century with precious materials: Carrara marble, Murano glass, Venetian mirrors, the walls being upholstered with silk from Lyon.

Tismana Monastery, illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 3.30, is one of the oldest and largest monastic settlements in Wallachia. Its building started during the reign of Radu I (1377-1383), MateiBasarab adding some elements between 1646-1651. It also fulfilled the role of a fortress, the monastery being equipped with towers and used as a defence building by Tudor Vladimirescu in 1821.

The Hurezi Monastery is illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value lei 4.30. The large church of Hurezi is surrounded by a three-sided building ensemble that has been shaped according to the needs and requirements of a royal residence until the tragic death of its founder in 1714. The Hurezi Monastery, the most beautiful Brancovenesc foundation, the most complete and complex monastic settlement in our country, remains a jewel of the Brancovenesc style and a leading carrier of the Romanian people's history and spirituality.

Besides the Brancovenesc Monastery of Horezu, Oltenia boasts another element entered into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: the Horezu ceramicsrepresented on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 4.50. The technique and craft of the Horezu pottery are characterized by uniqueness and continuity found in a tradition kept for centuries in Oltenia

The Oltenia region lures travellers with the flavour of its wines, the varieties of the Dragasani region having gained international recognition by being awarded numerous medals in world competitions and exhibitions. The postage stamp with the face value of lei 14.50 illustrates CramposieSelectionata and Negru de Dragasani, selected varieties of grapes that highlight the quality of "terroir" of vineyards from Oltenia.


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