Sunday, December 8, 2013

Austria - EUROPA 4.5.1974

The theme for EUROPA stamps in 1974 was Sculptures. Accordingly the designers I Austria designed this Europa Cept stamp on this FDC in 1974 showing the statue of King Arthur, from the tomb of Maximilian I, Innsbruck, 1513 in Hofkirche, Innsbruck, Austria. The Hofkirche (Court Church) is a Gothic church located in the Altstadt (Old Town) section of Innsbruck, Austria. The church was built in 1553 by EmperorFerdinand I (1503–1564) as a memorial to his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), whose cenotaph within boasts a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture.
King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries, who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. The details of Arthur's story are mainly composed of folklore and literary invention, and his historical existence is debated and disputed by modern historians.
Thank you Maria. 

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