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01 July 2020

Architecture — Villa Fessler and Mostar Gymnasium

Bosnia and Herzegovina HP Mostar: Architecture — Villa Fessler and Mostar Gymnasium, 1 July 2020. Images from HP Mostar.

Technical Specifications:

Type: Occasional
Motifs: Villa Fessler and Gymnasium Mostar
Designer: Jagadeesh K.
Size: 25.56 x 35.50 mm
Print: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforation: Comb 14
Denomination: 1.70 KM
Date of Issue: 1.7.2020.
Format: 8 stamps
Circulation: 10,000 series

With the arrival of the Austro-Hungarian administration in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878, the Mostar is experiencing urban development. The first professional builders who bring with them knowledge from developed European cities appear. They create a new urban structure and make Mostar a city that does not lag behind other Central European cities at the turn of the 19th century. In the 20th century, the umuah the 1 Century.

In 1897 Rondo was built, today the Square of Croatian Greats, the busy center of the city from which 6 streets continue, which spread like rays from the circular area of the square. In one of them, called Stephanie Alee, in the same year, construction entrepreneur Eduard Fessler built a neo-obar-style villa. This one-storey villa is rich in decorative elements, and its lovable architectural unit blended perfectly into the then newly renovated square. Today it is located the headquarters of the Rectorate of the University of Mostar.

On the same street was built the building of today’s Gymnasium Mostar, which is considered the most representative public building built in Mostar during the Austro-Hungarian administration. On the floor plan the building is a three-piece composition, and it was built with respect to all european standards in construction at the time. The picturesque decoration of the façade in neomaurus style is particularly striking. The gymnasium was built from 1897 to 1899. By 1902, he had been a leading according to the project of architect Franz Blažek.

Croatian Post Office d.o.o. Mostar issued two commemorative postage stamps in the ark of 8 marks, the stamp and the envelope on the first day (FDC). Brands and accompanying materials can also be purchased online at


First Day Cover:

Three Postal Administrations

Since independence in 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina has had three postal authorities corresponding with the ethnic and administrative division of the country. Stamps are issued by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Post (BH Pošta, Sarajevo), Croatian Posts (Hrvatska pošta Mostar, Mostar), and Serbian Posts (Pošte Srpske, Banja Luka). In the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stamps issued by BH Pošta (the areas controlled by the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995) and HP Mostar (the areas controlled by the Croatian Defence Council in 1995) are valid while in Republika Srpska stamps issued by the Pošte Srpske are valid.

BH Pošta stamps were first issued 27 October 1993, inscribed Republika Bosna i Hercegovina; since 1996 the inscriptions have read just Bosna i Hercegovina. The currency was the Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar until 1 October 1998, replaced by the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark.

HP Mostar has issued stamps since 12 May 1993. Initially the stamps were inscribed Bosna i Hercegovina / Hrvatska Republika Herceg-Bosna, or abbreviated HR Herceg-Bosna. From 1996, the stamps bear the inscription Bosna i Hercegovina, but with a different logo than BH Pošta. The currency was initially the Croatian kuna, and from 1999 the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark. Since 2011, both postal authorities have used the double label Bosna i Hercegovina / Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine (sometimes abbreviated as FBiH), maintaining different logos and areas of use.

Pošte Srpske in Banja Luka started to issue stamps on 26 October 1992. The stamps first had the inscription Republika Srpska, and the currency was the Yugoslav dinar until 24 December 1992. Since 15 July 2003, the stamps bear the double inscription Bosna i Hercegovina / Republika Srpska. The stamps of Republika Srpska usually use the Cyrillic script, so the label reads Рeпублиҝa Српска.


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