Blog: Andorran routes that date to the Roman Empire

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The competition stamp: Antigues rutes postals. Andorra-La Seu d’Urgell
Postage value: €1.45
Date of issue: 14/05/2020
Format: 28,8 x 40,9 mm
Name of the printer: Real Casa de la Moneda
Issued by: Correos y Telégrafos S.A.




Postal routes have been essential for bringing governments and societies closer together throughout history. Former trade routes marked by posts and resting places enabled couriers and messengers to carry post across the obstacles posed by geography.

In Spain, these routes date back to Imperial Roman times when former Tartessus, Phoenician and pre-Roman routes were used to build their network of roads through which the official post or “cursus publicus” would circulate.

The principality of Andorra is in the Eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France.

This issue of the Andorran EUROPA stamp depicts an iconic image of a postman walking along a route on a map, portraying the importance of the routes in the past and how they constitute the basis for the present.

Printed in offset. Print run: 60.000 stamps. Sheets of 25 stamps.

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