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13 November 1996
5/1996
Joint Issue

Joint Issue: Cyprus-Russia: Orthodox Christian Religion

Cyprus
Cyprus and Russia in their effort to tighten further their friendly relations have decided to cooperate in issuing a joint Cyprus-Russian Stamp series. The theme chosen is the Orthodox Christian Religion which is a common characteristic of the two nations. The joint issue of a set of stamps with another country was for the first time undertaken by the Department of Postal Services - a fact which has particularly attracted the interest of the Philatelist. The series consists of 4 stamps, two with theme from Cyprus and two with theme from Russia.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

The Icon of Our Lady of Iberia  

The Icon of Our Lady of Iberia

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The icon was named after the Iberian Monastery on holy Mount Athos. The Iberian Monastery was founded by monks from Iberia (Georgia) around 980. In September 1648 the icon arrived in Moscow and was given a solemn reception.

The Icon of St. Nicholas  

The Icon of St. Nicholas

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This portable icon of St. Nicholas of Renaissance style was painted in 1915 by the famous painter of holy icons, monk Ioannikios Mavropoulos. The icon was intended for Czar Nicholas Romanov. As a result of his assassination during the October Revolution of 1917 the icon remained in Mount Athos. Monk Kallinikos of Stavrovouni Monastery, hagiography student of the monk Ioannikios, bought this icon in 1946 and brought it to the Stavrovouni Monastery in Cyprus where it is kept to date.

The Holy Monastery of Stavrovouni  

The Holy Monastery of Stavrovouni

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It was founded in 330 by the mother Queen St. Helen, who left at the monastery the Cross of the "Good Robber" and a piece of the Holy Cross, making the Monastery one of the most important shrines of Cyprus.

The Resurrection (Iberia) Gate  

The Resurrection (Iberia) Gate

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The double-arched Iberia Gate in Moscow was build in 1535-1538 and was later called after the chapel built in 1669 for the icon of Our Lady of Iberia. In June 1929 this traditional place of worship for many generations of Muscovites was turned down, and the gate was dismantled in 1931.IN 1995 Moscow's Iberian Gate was restored. The icon of Our Lady of Iberia is at present in the Resurrection Church in Sokolniki.

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Joint Issue: Cyprus-Russia: Orthodox Christian Religion

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