Tuesday, November 17, 2009

France issues European Capitals Miniature Sheet

The latest of the French Post Offices European Cities Miniature Sheets was release on Novmber 9th, 2009. This years sheet features the city of Lisbon, Portugal. The sheet contains 4 stamps each with a denomination of .56 Euros. The sheet was created by Noelle Le Guillouzic. The multi-colored Heliogravure printed sheet has a size of 143 X 135 MM each of the 4 perforated stamps have a size of 40 X 30 MM. The printing total was 1,800,000 sheets.

Located on the right bank of the northern estuary of the Tage river the city of Lisbon is situated on 7 hills. Over the years and centurys it has been inhabited by various groups including the Greeks, Romans Visigoths, Moors and Christians. Lisbon came to be an important city durring the XV century because of its good location and fine harbour as well as being a, at the time, world commercial port and maritime center. The souvenir sheet shows various views of historic parts of this well-know European city. In the upper left of the sheet one can see the Monastery of the Heironymites. Below this is a picture of the Belem Tower. At the bottom of the sheet we are shown the Monument to Discoveries. Finally on the right side of the sheet one can see a depiction of Bairro Alto district of Lisbon. Between the stamps are drawings of the Chateau St Georges, Elevador Santa Justa and two other non discript items.

Selected Videos on this stamp issue

Elevador Santa Justa

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The Monastery

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Belem Tower

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Discoveries Monument

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