On April 15, an official ceremony took place of special cancellation of a stamp dedicated to the 1100th Anniversary of Christianizing of Alania

The event was attended by Igor Barskov, the First Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania to the President of the Russian Federation; Alan Abaev, the Chairman of the Council of the Moscow Ossetian Community; and Artem Adibekov, the Director General of JSC Marka.

The large-scale missionary activity among the Alanians started in the 10th century under Nicolas the Mystic, patriarch of Constantinople. Christianizing of Alania played a positive role in the development and strengthening of Alanian statehood. Owing to Christianity, Ossetians received a written language based on the Greek alphabet. Christianizing was performed in the waters of the Bolshoi Zelenchuk River that runs along the oldest temples of the Alanian Diocese, one of which still keeps an ancient Alanian baptismal font.

The postage stamp provides an image of the Mourning Angel sculpture by Soslanbek Yedziev, the founder of Ossetian sculpture. An Angel is one of the symbols of Christianity, which represents spirituality and divinity on the Earth, and the angel's wings symbolize protection and abundant life. The print run of the stamp is 129 thousand items.

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