Turkey-Romania Joint Stamp – 135th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Turkey-Romania

October 14th, 2013

On the 135th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Romania and Turkey(1878), Romfilatelia and Turkish Post jointly introduce into circulation the postage stamps issue dedicated to "Carol I" Mosque in Constanta,a symbol of harmony between two communities of different confessions, also called "Kralcamisi" or "the Mosque of the King.

This issue celebrates a double anniversary: the one of diplomatic relations, as well as a century of the mosque's existence.

Included on the list of the most beautiful Romanian architectural monuments, with Moorish architectural influences, the new edifice was built following the initiative of the Romanian King Carol I and reunited the talent of a great architect, Victor Stefanescu, and the ingenuity in constructions of a world science personality, Gogu Constantinescu.

Inside the mosque there is Abdul Hamid's carpet, held in a place of honour, being one of the oldest Oriental carpets and having a surface of 144 square meters. Likewise, the cupola and the tower of the mosque exhibit the symbol of the Muslim world, the crescent.

"Carol I" Mosque was inaugurated on 31st May 1913, in the presence of King Carol I and Queen Elizabeth, the royal family giving this edifice to the Muslims in Constanta and not only, for their loyalty towards the Romanian state.