November 11, two postage stamps dedicated to the architecture in the frameworks of a joint issue of the Russian Federation and Lao People's Democratic Republic are to be released into circulation


This issue is dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Lao and Russia.

The postage stamps depict one of the most well-known and recognizable architecture sights of both countries.

The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River is one of the masterpieces of world architecture built in 1165 by St Andrei Bogolyubsky. It is located near the Bogolyubovo village, Vladimir region at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma rivers on the meadow. It is a low fretted church having four internal piers and one dome. Due to refinement of proportions and total harmony with the natural landscape, the temple is considered one of the most beautiful Russian churches. In 1992, the cathedral was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal. This year the Cathedral got the 850th anniversary of foundation.

That Luang is a Buddhist religious building, an outstanding monument and a national symbol of Laos. It is situated near the country capital of Vientiane. The construction of That Luang officially began in 1566 when King Setthathirat ordered construction of the Spire of Universe. The complex has a stepped structure. The monumental main stupa is on a broad terrace, serving as the base for the whole complex. The terrace is surrounded by a high wall with cells for offerings and prays.

In addition to the issue an illustrated cover will be issued with two postage stamps and FDC with cancellation (Moscow; Lao) inside.

Design: A. Povarihin
Face value: 21RUB for each stamp
Size of a stamp: 37 × 37 mm, size of sheet: 152 × 152 mm
Form of issue: a sheet with illustrated margins with 8 (3 × 3) stamps and a coupon
Circulation: 180 thousand stamps of each subject (45 thousand sheets).

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