The cancellation ceremony was held at the Russian Cultural Centre in Tel Aviv. The participants of the ceremony were Alexander Shein, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the State of Israel; Oleg Dukhovnitsky, Head of the Federal Communications Agency; Ayoob Kara, Israeli Minister of Communications, and Hezi Zaieg, Chairman of Israel Postal Company Board.
Hundreds of thousands pilgrims from all over the world come to visit Israel each year. The ancient holy sites attract representatives of the three Abrahamic religions to Jerusalem. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is very popular among the Orthodox Christians who frequently visit large and well-known monasteries and convents.
Gorny Convent in Jerusalem is located in the village of Ein Karem. The Virgin Mary visited this mountain land soon after the Gospel to share her joy about the coming birth of our Saviour. At the centre of the village Our Lady used to take water from a spring from where the road to the Russian Gorny Convent starts. The construction of the Convent was initiated by Archimandrite Antonin Kapoustin, the head of the Russian religious mission.
"Today the Federal Communications Agency and Joint-Stock Company Marka issued postage stamps within the framework of the joint issue between the Russian Federation and the State of Israel featuring the main Cathedral of the Convent complex. The postage stamps will fly all over the world to tell people about the history of the Holy Land and All Saints Cathedral who Resplendent in the Russian Land of the Gorny Convent in Jerusalem, and to join philatelic collections", said the Head of the Federal Communications Agency.