August 19, a souvenir sheet with three stamps dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Kizhi Museum Reserve is issued

Kizhi Museum Reserve is a unique historical, cultural and natural complex, a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of Russia's peoples.

The foundation of the museum’s collection was laid in the middle of the 20th century, when the territory of the Kizhi Pogost (churchyard) was declared a state reserve (1945) and restoration work began. In 1951, a house of Oshevnev, a peasant, was moved to Kizhi Island to become the first monument. The Kizhi Museum Reserve has been functioning as an independent institution since 1966.

The Kizhi architectural complex (Kizhi Pogost complex) is an outstanding monument of Russian wooden architecture and forms the basis of the museum collection. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

The museum fund comprises more than 53,000 exhibits including ethnographic and archeological artifacts, old-Russian paintings, pieces of modern pictorial and graphic art, hand-written and early printed books, documents and photographs. In all, The Kizhi Museum comprehensively reflects the material and spiritual culture of Karelian indigenous community.

The stamp depicts the Kizhi Pogost complex consisting of two churches and a bell tower built in 18th–19th centuries, and other wooden architecture landmarks; the souvenir sheet margins feature a sketch map of the museum reserve.

The souvenir sheet is printed using such techniques as offset, silver paste and metallography. Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with a souvenir sheet and first day covers with cancellation (Moscow and Kizhi, the Republic of Karelia) inside.

Moreover, a stamp booklet is to be released in September 2016; a wooden souvenir sheet is also made, which emphasizes the uniqueness of the objects depicted.

Design: S. Ulyanovskiy.
Engravers: V. Starikovskiy, V. Molofeikin
Face value: 50 RUB each stamp.
Size of sheet: 170×90 mm, size of stamp: 37×50 mm.
Circulation: 70,000 stamps.

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