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13 March 2020

European Capitals — Dublin

France: European Capitals – Dublin, 13 March 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

The stamps
First day Friday, March 13, 2020
Cancellation illustrated 1st day in PARIS (75) at the Carré d’Encre, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
Christophe LABORDE-BALEN will lead a signing session on Friday March 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
General sale on Monday March 16, 2020 Info
Face value: € 5.60 See prices as of March 16, 2020
Postage of 4 priority letters up to 20g internationally
Horizontal stamp Total dimensions 143×135 mm Perforation 13
Full color
Rotogravure printed with 4 stamps per souvenir sheet
400,000 copies issued – see 2020 prints

Design and layout by Christophe Laborde-Balen
From a photo by © Stéphane Gautier / Sagaphoto – © Andia – Naturimages

The Castle

Design and layout by Christophe Laborde-Balen
From a photo by © Stéphane Gautier / Sagaphoto
© Andia – Naturimages

Ha’penny Bridge

Design and layout by Christophe Laborde-Balen
From a photo by © Stéphane Gautier / Sagaphoto
© Andia – Naturimages

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Design and layout by Christophe Laborde-Balen
From a photo by © Stéphane Gautier / Sagaphoto
© Andia – Naturimages

Trinity College

Design and layout by Christophe Laborde-Balen
From a photo by © Stéphane Gautier / Sagaphoto
© Andia – Naturimages

A little history
On January 16, 1922, the last viceroy of Ireland handed over the keys to Dublin Castle to the government of the new independent Irish state, ending more than seven centuries of British presence. The current castle has little to do with the fortress built by John of England (1204). With the exception of the Record Tower, most of the buildings date from the 18th century.th century. The luxurious apartments, the State Apartments, are now used for official ceremonies, such as the investiture of the Head of State.

Before becoming the capital of the Republic of Ireland (1949), Dublin, founded by the Vikings, was a lordship of the Norman kings of England then experienced a long English domination. This lively and friendly city, which has one of the youngest populations in Europe, is organized around the Liffey River. When you take the Ha’penny Bridge, it is no longer a question, as at the time, of spending half a penny to have the right to use this elegant walkway built in 1816. Fortunately! Because Dubliners like to cross from one bank to the other to walk the shopping streets like the famous O’Connell Street, to linger in the cobbled alleys of the Temple Bar district, to listen to music in a pub or to chat around ‘a Guinness.

A tribute to the patron saint who evangelized the country in the 5th century, the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, of Gothic architecture, bears witness to 800 years of Irish history. It leaves a strong impression with its colorful paving, its immense nave, its refined stained glass windows, its marble statues. Within walking distance is Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, its gigantic library, all in vaults and woodwork, preserves a treasure, the Book of Kells, one of the most remarkable illuminated manuscripts that survived the Middle Ages. It contains the four Gospels transcribed in Latin by monks around the year 800. History does not say whether Samuel Beckett or Oscar Wilde, prestigious students of Trinity College,

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From Phil @ Poste press release

 

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