Saturday, May 18, 2013

Christmas stamps - Panagia tou Araka Church 26.11.1973

The 1973 Christmas stamp issue shown on this First Day Cover postmarked 26.11.1973, featured the ancient Araka Church, and the other stamps portrayed paintings/frescoes that are displayed inside the church.

The 12th century church of Panagia tou Araka, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands just outside the village of Lagoudera and boasts some of the finest frescoes of the late Comnenian style (1192) prevailing throughout Greece, the Balkans and Russia. Together with the churches of Asinou and Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, it is considered to be one of the most important Byzantine churches on the island. Visitors should ask for the priest, who can be found on the premises next to the church, to escort them to the church.

My friend Merja sent me this FDC with the lovely stamps and the special postmark on them.

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