The Grand Kremlin Palace is one of the palaces of the Moscow Kremlin built in 1838-1849 at the command of Emperor Nicholas I. The palace serves as the ceremonial residence of the head of the State.
The five state rooms on the second floor of the palace (St. Andrew’s, St. Alexander Nevsky’s, St. George’s, St. Vladimir’s, and St. Catherine’s) are devoted to the Russian Orders, elements of which are included in the stucco decoration of each room.
The St. Vladimir Hall was named after the Order of St. Vladimir instituted by Catherine II in 1782. The premises connect the buildings of the complex constructed at different times: the Palace of the Facets and the Golden Hall of the Tsarina, the Terem Palace and the St. George Hall. Light enters the room only through a roof lantern in the center of the tent-shaped dome, from which a tiered chandelier hangs down.
The spatial composition of the Hall corresponds to the baptistery and is designed as a rotunda with a roundabout gallery and balustrade at the second floor level. The decoration of the Hall corresponds to the Order symbolism and is implemented in the white, pink and pale green color palette. The walls and pillars are made of stucco imitating pink and white marble; the star-shaped parquet is laid out of more than twenty species of trees according to the drawings of Fyodor Solntsev by crafters of the Müller factory. The dome is decorated with stucco ornaments with the insignia of the Order of St. Vladimir.
The postage stamp provides an image of the St. Vladimir Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamp, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and a special cancel for Moscow, as well as a maxi-card.
Artist: V. Nikonov, Design: O. Savina.
Face value: 60 rubles.
Stamp size: 50×50 mm, sheet size: 178×130 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 6 (3×2) stamps.
Quantity: 90 thousand stamps (15 thousand sheets).