Orel was founded in 1566 as a fortress to protect the southern borders of the Russian state. The city was called in honor of the Orel river (from the end of the XVIII century the river was called Orlik) and largely due to the visual similarity of two rivers, resembling the head and beak of a winged predator – an eagle.
The city has a great history. At the beginning of the XVII century one of the centers of the peasant uprising was located there, which was leaded by Ivan Bolotnikov. In the XVIII and the XIX centuries, Orel city has become a major noble - merchant city. Also it became the center of bread trade and in 1937 it became the center of Orel region and turned into a major industrial city. The Orel city received the title of “City of Military Glory” for bravery, fortitude and heroism of Soviet soldiers during the Great Patriotic War.
The Orel city is closely connected with names of outstanding people. There were born famous writers such as Ivan Turgenev, Leonid Andreev, Boris Zaytsev, the historian Timofey Granovsky, the polar researcher Vladimir Rusanov. In Orel were born, lived, studied and worked writers Nikolay Leskov, Ivan Bunin, composers Mikhail Glinka, Alexandr Gluhovtsev, state and public persons such as Mikhail Stakhovich, Peter Stolypin, the hero of the Patriotic war of 1812 Aleksey Yermolov.
The postage stamp features a view of Orel and the anniversary logo.
Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture a first day cover and a first day stamp for Moscow and Orel.
August 5, an official cancellation ceremony of a postage stamp dedicated to Orel to be held during celebration of City Day with the participation of the first persons of municipal and regional administrations and the management of the federal authorities of the Russian Federation.
Design: M. Bodrova.
Face value: 24.00 RUB.
Size of stamp: 42×30 mm, size of sheet: 146×170 mm.
Form of issue: sheet of 15 (3×5) stamps.
Circulation: 330,000 stamps (22,000 sheets).