The Association of European State Postal Operators (PostEurop) was founded in 1993 by 26 European state postal operators. The Russian Federation became a member of the Association in 1994. Issuance of stamps under the EUROPA logo is one of the Association activities. The common theme for 2017 is Castles
St Michael’s Castle is a former royal residence in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, and a major architectural landmark of the 18th
centuries. It was built as a water castle for Emperor Paul I by architects Vincenzo Brenna and Vasily Bazhenov in 1797–1801.
The castle was an imperial residence for only forty days. After Paul I was assassinated, all the art treasures were removed from the castle, and its state rooms were given to various agencies and accommodated for apartments. The building was given to the Main Engineering School in the beginning of 1820s. It received a new name, the Engineer’s Castle, in 1823. The educational institutions housed within the castle were named the Nikolayevskaya Engineering Academy and College after the death of Emperor Nicholas I.
St Michael's Castle became a part of the State Russian Museum architectural complex in 1991. Its architectural complex encompasses two pavilions on Engineer’s Street. Permanent expositions, such as “Antic Themes in Russian Art”, “Renaissance in the Works of Russian Painters”, “The History of the Castle and its Inhabitants” and “The Open Sculpture Foundation”, are currently showcased in the castle halls.
The postage stamp features St Michael's Castle and the EUROPA logo.
Additionally, JSC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with four postage stamps and first day covers with cancellation (Moscow and St Petersburg) inside and a maximum card, as well as special cancellation postmarks for Moscow and St Petersburg.
Design: G. Schegol.
Face value: 24 RUB.
Size of stamp: 42×30 mm, size of sheet: 146×170 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 15 (3×5) stamps.
Circulation: 420,000 stamps (28,000 sheets).