Blog: The historical significance of Vistula river in Poland

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The competition stamp: EUROPA. DAWNE SZLAKI POCZTOWE (Ancient Postal Routes)
Name of the designer: Maciej Jędrysik
Postage value: €1.12 (5zl)
Date of issue: 29/04/2020
Format: 31,25 x 76,5 mm
Name of the printer: PWPW SA (Polish Security Printing Works)
Issued by: Poczta Polska

This year's Polish EUROPA stamp depicts the famous Vistula river, the longest and largest river in Poland. For centuries, this river served as the main communication and postal route for the country.

Royal and private merchant letter carriers and horse riders had been functioning on this route since the Middle Ages, leading to the establishment of the public postal service which was founded by King Sigismund II Augustus in 1558.

Alongside with significant political and economic development of Poland in 15th and 16th centuries, during the Polish Golden Ages, the Vistula with its tributaries, and a systematically developing road network, connected royal cities situated on its banks, like Kraków, Sandomierz, Warszawa, Toruń, Elbląg, Gdańsk and other parts of the country, as well as Europe and Asia continents.

Additional information:

  1. sheet size: 121 x 221 mm
  2. print run: 120 000

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More about EUROPA Stamps
Since 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and co-operation. These special stamps are issued by the European postal administrations/enterprises and bears the EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark. Since 1993, PostEurop has been the responsible organisation for issuing EUROPA stamps and each year, philately experts within the Philately working group organise the competition amongst other philately initiatives. See more information on


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