December 13, two postage stamps dedicated to the landmarks of Ohrid and St Petersburg are issued as part of the joint issue of Macedonia and Russia

Considered to be the cultural capital of Russia, St Petersburg boasts a large number of architectural ensembles and monuments, museums, cathedrals and landscape complexes that capture the imagination by their stylistic diversity and splendor. The distinctive traits of St Petersburg’s architecture are the sophisticated orderly housing, the consideration for the environment and harmony of different architectural styles.

Ohrid is the gem of Macedonia, the first capital of the Macedonian state, a birthplace of Cyril and Methodius, the creators of the Slavic alphabet. The city of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980. The city is famous for its architectural landmarks, in which Byzantine frescoes are preserved.

The postage stamps feature the Saint Life-Giving Trinity Cathedral of the Izmailovsky Regiment of Imperial Guards in St Petersburg and the Church of Saint John at Kaneo in Ohrid.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” manufactured an illustrated cover with the stamps and first day covers with cancellation (Moscow and St Petersburg) inside.

Design: A. Drobyshev.

Face value: 21.50 RUB.

Size of stamps: 42×30 mm, size of sheets: 142×106 mm.

Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (3×3) stamps and a coupon.

Circulation: 200,000 each stamp (50,000 sheets).

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