Tuesday, August 31, 2010

GERMANY - Cover from Hildesheim, Deutschland to Braga, Portugal

Cover with stamp of 2$20 from the 2010 ‘1000 Jahre St. Michaelis Hildesheim’ stamps issue, posted on August, 14 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Manuel Correia)

1000 Jahre St. Michaelis Hildesheim

St. Michael at Hildesheim was founded in 1010 by Bishop Bernward (960-1022) as his burial place.
Bernward was an influential cleric, close contact with the rulers of his day was. It was shortly after his death,
canonized by Pope Celestine III. (Term 1191-1198).
The Church of St. Michael is one of the most important pre-Romanesque religious buildings at the north of the Alps and involves a number of outstanding art treasures. Since 1985 it belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage.
After the Reformation was agreed that the area of the tomb of Bishop Bernward reports to the Catholic Church and the rest of the structure to the Lutheran Church.
On 22 March 1945 razed to the ground, St. Michael's has quickly built up an admirable way again.
(text extracted from the Deutsch Post Philately web page)

Design: Bianca Becker and Peter Kohl, Hamburg
Image: Illustration church St. Michaelis in Hildesheim
Photo: Eckhard Jordens, Hildesheim
Value: 2.20 €
Printing: multicolor offset
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
Securities printing Leipzig
Size: 35.00 x 35.00 mm
Paper: Coated white, fluorescent paper, postage stamps DP 2
Issue date: 02 January 2010

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