2017 EUROPA Competition

PostEurop is proud to present the 2017 EUROPA stamps entries for the theme “Castles”. Till 9 September 2017, here is your chance to vote for the most beautiful EUROPA stamp in 2017.

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ÅLAND - Åland Post Stamps
The only castle in Åland, Kastelholm, was erected at the end of the 1300s, originally as a defensive fortress. During its glory days in the 1500s, the fortress was developed into a castle. The castle is today open to visitors, classified as a well-preserved ancient ruin.
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ANDORRA ESP- grupo Correos
“Castell de les Bons” - The imposing defensive tower of the castle of Sant Romà de les Bons, also called “Tower of the Moors” stands on a rocky promontory overlooking the village of Les Bons, in the parish of Encamp.
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ANDORRA FR - Service Philatélique de La Poste
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ARMENIA - Haypost
The ancient Armenian castle named “Amberd” dated X-XIII cc. The inscriptions of the name in both languages are done in medieval style.
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AUSTRIA - Österreichische Post AG
Austrian Post is presenting the biggest and best known palace from our country, Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
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AZERBAIJAN - State Enterprise "Azerpost"
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BELARUS - RUEP "Belpochta"
The Palace of the Rumyantsevs and the Paskeviches in Gomel was constructed in the 18th century originally as the castle in the style of early classicism and was used as the residence of Gomel aristocrats. Throughout its history the palace was destroyed and restored for several times. Today it is one of the most interesting and frequently visited Belarusian museums.
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BELGIUM - bpost
We inspired ourselves on the sand castles that children/people make on the beach. We asked a Belgian illustrator (who illustrates also books) to draw a castle with a sand texture and based on existing Belgian castles. So the drawing is a composite of different castles. In order to give the castle a lifelike feeling, the sheet as well as the stamp will have a “sandgrain effect by applying a varnish with a sand texture.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Hrvatska pošta Mostar
In January 2003, the historic urban site of Počitelj was proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2007 has submitted an application for the UNESCO world heritage list.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Pošte Srpske a.d. Banja Luka
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jajce Castle is located in old town complex in the city of Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina at an elevation of 470 meters.The castle is first mentioned in written sources in 1396, during the rule of the count Hrvoje Vukčić. In 1461 the castle was the place of coronation of the last Bosnian king Stjepan Tomašević.
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BULGARIA - Bulgarska Philatelia & Numismatika
“Euxinograd”, 19th c. The name means “The hospitable city”, after the Greek name of the Black Sea. The castle is located on the Black Sea Coast near Varna. It was originally built in 1881 and belonged to the Bulgarian Knyaz Alexander I of Batemberg. Later Euxinograd was renovated in “Louis XIII” architectural style.
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CROATIA - Croatian Post
With its appearance and the forest park surrounding it, Trakošćan is an example of a romantic perception of the central European country architecture from the middle of the 19th century.
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CYPRUS - Department of Postal Services
The stamp depicts the castle of Paphos.
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Czech Republic
Frýdlant is famous for the clearly identifiable styles that used to transform Frýdlant for centuries. Its architecture, interiors and rich collections are a catalogue of historic styles. Such extensive content cannot be confined to the small area of a stamp. The stamp designer therefore chose only an external view of the entire area of Frýdlant Castle and Chateau.
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DENMARK - PostNord Danmark
The two Danish stamps depict the biggest Renaissance castle in Scandinaiva, Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, which was built by Christian IV in the early 17th century.
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ESTONIA - Estonian Stamp
The design of the Castle of Keila - Joa was made by the Saint Peterburg architect Andrei Stackenschneider who later became a court architect and the most important representative of the historical style in Russia.
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Faroe Islands
FAROE - Postverk Føroya
The stamp depicts the fleeing of a Scottish princess with the man she loved and married against her father's will. We do not have any castles in the Faroe Islands, however, we have a legend about a princess who did not want to stay in her father’s castle – and moved to the Faroe Islands.
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FINLAND - Posti Ltd.
Anssi Kähärä's Snow Castle offers a new viewpoint to the subject of created castles. "I could not find the right picture of a snow castle anywhere, so I built a castle myself in Kymijoki, by the village of Iitti," says Kähärä. "I had amazing luck with the shooting conditions, as the evening sunset was absolutely beautiful."
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FRANCE - Service Philatélique de La Poste
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GERMANY - Deutsche Post
The picture shows the “Wartburg” from an eastside perspective. The castle near the city of Eisenach is an important national cultural treasure and part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The “Wartburg” was the place where Martin Luther made his first transcription of the bible to the German language.
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GIBRALTAR - Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau Ltd.
The Moorish Castle is the name given to a medieval fortification in Gibraltar comprising various buildings, gates, and fortified walls, with the dominant features being the Tower of Homage and the Gate House. Part of the castle itself also housed the prison of Gibraltar until it was relocated in 2010. It is one of Gibraltar’s most popular tourist attractions.
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GREECE - Hellenic Post Philatelic Service
The Castle of Methoni (a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni, Messenia, in southwestern Greece.)
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The nature of Greenland is magnificent, but we have no castles. However, fairy tales tell us that ice castles exist, and the large giants floating in the water are the inspiration: In the morning light, and at night, in the gleam of the northern lights.
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GUERNSEY - Guernsey Philatelic Bureau
The beautiful Governors’ Garden at Castle Cornet is planted in a formal 18th century style and is designed to resemble a tapestry when viewed from above.
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HUNGARY - Hungarian Post Office
The Stamp depicts Andrássy castle in Tiszadob.
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ICELAND - Iceland Post
Castles were never built in Iceland, with the 'exception' of Castles in the Air and Castles in the Snow, which are the theme of the Icelandic Europa stamps. Throughout Icelandic nature, however, castle forms can be seen. In the famous poem “Skjaldbreiður“ Jonas Hallgrímsson says: “Made of blue solidified lava / these are castles of rock for the freeborn.” This castle metaphor refers to shapes that can be seen in nature.
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IRELAND - Irish Stamps An Post
Dublin Castle was built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings. With a commanding view of the surrounding area, the castle was the seat of English power in Ireland for 700 years – operating during that time as a military stronghold, prison, treasury and courts. Today, the castle is used by the State for official functions such as Heads of State visits and Presidential inaugurations.
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Isle of Man
ISLE OF MAN - Isle of Man Post Office
This issue of EUROPA castle-themed stamps are representing Castletown and Peel.
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ITALY - Poste Italiane Divisione Filatelia
The displayed stamp shows the Scaligero Castle of Malcesine seen from Garda Lake.
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JERSEY - Jersey Post
Grosnez Castle which is situated on the far north-west of Jersey, in the parish of St Ouen. Sir John des Roches ordered the castle to be built in the 14th century, around the time of the start of the Hundred Years’ War, to provide refuge for farmers in the west of the Island during French raids. It fell into disrepair in the 16th century and the ruins are now open to the public, free of charge.
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LATVIA - Latvia Post Philatelic Department
The image shown in this stamp corresponds to the Cesvaine castle.
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LIECHTENSTEIN - Philately Liechtenstein
Perched around 120 metres above the capital of the small country, Vaduz Castle is a hall mark that has served as a residence for the head of state and his family since 1939. The castle is presumed to date back to the 12th century but it was only mentioned for the first time in 1322. The castle came into the possession of the princely Family of Liechtenstein in 1712.
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LITHUANIA - PLC Lithuania Post
The castle of Biržai was constructed on the southern shore of Lake Širvėna. This is the only bastion-type fortress in Lithuania, which has also been best preserved in northern-eastern Europe.
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The stamp represents one of two dwellings of the high bourgeoisie, commonly referred to as “castles”. Built in the second half of the 19th century, the houses are now the residences of the Ambassadors of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation.
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MALTA - MaltaPost p.l.c.
The €2.19 stamp depicts the Gourgion Tower in Xewkija, Gozo which was built in 1690 by Giovanni Gourgion who was the personal secretary of Grand Masters Gregorio Carafa and Adrien de Wignacourt.
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MOLDOVA - S.E. “Posta Moldovei”
Mimi Castle located in Bulboaca, Anenii Noi, is an architectural monument of a national importance. It is built at the end of 19th century at the command of the governor and the winemaker Constantin Mimi.
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MONACO - Office des Emissions de Timbres-Poste
The stamp represents the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, which was built in 1215. Since 1297 it has been the official residence for the Lords and Princes of Monaco.
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MONTENEGRO - Philatelic Bureau
The stamp represents in a stylized sketch King Nikola's palace in Cetinje, which is an important building of Montenegrin history and culture.
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Ammersoyen Castle. The 10-stamp sheetlet contains two stamp varieties and was designed by Hague-based graphic designer Bart de Haas. It features images of two Dutch moated castles, Doornenburg and Ammersoyen.
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NORWAY - Posten Norge AS
The Royal Palace designed by architect Linstow. Along one side, a bird’s eye view of one of the chandeliers in the great hall (the ballroom).
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POLAND - Poczta Polska
Pieskowa Rock Castle is located within the boundaries of the Ojcow National Park, 27 km north of Krakow. The Castle was built in the days of Casimir the Great as a Gothic watchtower (14th century). The castle is surrounded by a picturesque park, and at its foot there are ponds established in the 16th century. Currently it is the seat of the Wawel Royal Castle Museum.
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PORTUGAL - CTT Portugal Post - Philately Department
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PORTUGAL (ACORES) - PORTUGAL - CTT Portugal Post - Philately Department
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PORTUGAL (MADEIRA) - PORTUGAL - CTT Portugal Post - Philately Department
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Republic of Serbia
SERBIA - Public Enterprise Post of Serbia
The stamp shows Maglič, a medieval castle from the 13th century - about 20 km south of Kraljevo, Serbia. Its name means "The Foggy One" from the Serbian word "Magla", meaning fog. Maglič was included on the National list of Cultural Monuments of Exceptional Importance in 1982.
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The stamp illustrates the Hunyadi or Corvin Castle, the great medieval fortress of Hunedoara one of the most important monuments of Gothic architecture in Romania.
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Russian Federation
RUSSIAN FEDERATION - MARKA Publishing and Trading Centre
The stamp depicts St Michael’s (or the Engineers’) Castle, a former royal residence in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and a major architectural landmark of the 18th–19th centuries.
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San Marino
Shows the second tower of San Marino, called Cesta, which is located on the highest point of Mount Titano, 755 meters above the sea level. It was an ancient Roman watchtower and in 1956 it became the site for the Museum of Ancient Arms.
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Slovak Republic
SLOVAK - Slovenská pošta
The first mention, in writing, of Lietava Castle comes from 1318, but it is safe to assume that the existence of the castle predates it by a long time. The first known holders of Lietava, which was royal property, were the Balassi family, who lost the castle to Matthew Csák of Trencsén.
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SLOVENIA - Posta Slovenije d.o.o.
The Rajhenburg Castle
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SPAIN - grupo Correos
Castle of Manzanares el Real (Madrid)
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SWEDEN - PostNord Sweden
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SWITZERLAND - Swiss Post Stamps & Philately
Castelgrande – Bellinzona’s castles and their fortified walls form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Their history dates back to the Palaeolithic Period. In the Middle Ages, they were initially intended to prevent the Swiss from gaining ground to the south. But in 1503, Bellinzona chose to withdraw from Milanese rule and instead joined the Swiss Confederation. In the following years the fortresses were used against the south.
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TURKEY - General Directorate of Turkish Post
The Kars Castle is displayed in this stamp.
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UKRAINE - USEP "Ukrposhta"
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United Kingdom
UK - Royal Mail
Image of Windsor Castle, the residence of Her Majesty the Queen
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Vatican City
VATICAN - Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico - Governatorato
The €0.95 stamp shows a facade of the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, with the Vatican Observatory. The palace was built on the remains of the country residence of the Emperor Domitian, and became property of the Holy See under Pope Clement VII.
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