Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SLOVAKIA - Cover from Roznavske Bystre, Slovakia to Braga, Portugal

Cover with two stamps from the ‘Castle Betliar’ stamp issue, posted on June, 18 2010.
(Special thanks to my friend Milos Leng)

Castle Betliar

Date of Issue: 18. 06. 2010
Face value: 0,40 €
Dimensions: 44,4 x 27,2 mm
Layout/Format: TL
Stamps per TL: 50
Number in set: 2
Stamp designer: Júlia Piačková
Stamp engraver: Arnold Feke
Printer: Poštovní tiskárna cenin Praha, a. s.
Print technology: Rotary recess printing combined with gravure
Stamps edition: 1 mil.

Originally a hunting castle, with its permanent specialized exhibition of Housing Culture of the Nobility in the 18th and 19th Century, the Castle Betliar has belonged to the administration of the Slovak National Museum – Museum Betliar since 1996. From the point of view of attractiveness, it belongs to the most visited ones and from the point of view of monument preservation, it belongs to the most preserved cultural historical monuments of Slovakia. It has been included into the network of Slovak museums since 1952.

The origins of the castle history date back to the first half of the 15th century and they are connected with the Hungarian family of Bebek. František Bebek built a small fortification in the period of the approaching Turkish threat.

The greatest construction for the castle was noted in the period of the Transylvanian-Hungarian noble family of Andrássy which played an important part not only in the life of Gemer but the entire Hungary.The castle experienced several reconstructions over some centuries.

The biggest and most extensive was the reconstruction of 1880 – 1886 under the control of the count Emanuel Andrássy and the castle obtained its present look. Previous owners furnished the castle with luxury and gathered a lot of works of art and craft there creating a present-day precious artistic and historic collection fund of the museum. What is really valuable is the movables of the exhibit of domestic and foreign provenance dated in the 16th to 19th centuries. Interiors are supplemented with gallery collections, ceramics collections, china and porcelain from various European manufactures.
(Source: Slovenská Posta)

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