Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My first cover from Poland!

Today, I am happy to receive my first cover from Poland sent by fellow blogger, Andrzej . Thank you!
The 4 se-tenant stamps on this beautiful cover belong to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games series. They depict swimming, volleyball, the pole vault and fencing. In this Olympic games, Poland won an impressive medal tally of 3 golds 6 silvers & 1 bronze. Well done!On the bottom left of the cover is a stamp from Historic Rulers Series, issued in 1996. This stamp pictures Jadwiga, Queen of Poland (also known as Saint Hedwig or Hedwig of Anjou) (1374 - 1399). She succeeded her father, King Louis the Great on the Polish throne in 1384 following a two-year interregnum. Her reign saw the start of Poland's dynastic union with neighbouring Lithuania, and the latter nation's conversion to Christianity.
Among Jadwiga's accomplishments was the founding of the Bishopric of Vilno (Vilnius). Because of her devotion to the church and a number of miracles recorded throughout her lifetime, she was beatified in 1987. Although this process was not completed, Jadwiga was canonised in 1997 by Pope John Paul II (the former archbishop of Krakow). Her relics are located in the south aisle of Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

And here is the complete set.

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