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A Stamp Featuring One of the Oldest Churches to be Released

Oct 31, 2013

The catalogue of postage stamps will be supplemented by a new stamp to be released on Saturday, June 8. This time the stamp is featuring one of the oldest churches in the country, namely Kaunas Cathedral Basilicaof Apostles St. Peterand St. Paul. This year the cathedral is celebrating its 600th anniversary.

The new stamp has been created by the painter Vaclovas Butrimas. The stamp will be issued in the edition of 80 thousand copies with a nominal value of LTL 1.35.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released. On Saturday, postal correspondence items paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation in Kaunas Main Post Office.

For the first time, Kaunas Churchof Apostles St. Peterand St. Paul was mentioned on the 22nd of April in 1413. Then Mikalojus (Nicolaus), the bishop of Vilnius, granted to the church the privilege of indulgence. It is believed that the construction of the chapel started in 1408 under the initiative of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great.

The church was one of the first masonry buildings in Kaunas. The Gothic and Renaissance styles prevail in the architecture, and the interior is designed mainly in the Baroque style.

The first church did not resemble the building of nowadays, the present appearance of which emerged in 1660. Up to date, the main altar built in 1775 has survived despite a fierce fire of 1860. In 1895, the Pope Leo XIII granted to the Kaunas Church the status of cathedral.

Beside the cathedral and in the crypt, many famous people have been buried: the bishop Motiejus Valančius, the priest and poet Maironis, the cardinal Vincentas Sladkevičius, and etc.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.