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EXFILNA 2009

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The Basque town of Irun, the second largest city in Guipuzcoa after the capital San Sebastian, will host from October 6 to 12, 2009 EXFILNA, the National Philatelic Exhibition. This is one of the most important events in Spanish philately and it will take place in the Recinto Ferial de la Costa Vasca (FICOBA) coinciding with the commemoration of the 350 Anniversary of the Treaty of the Pyrenees, a historic event which took place in the Isla de los Faisanes also known as the Isla de la Conferencia, in the river Bidasoa.

This souvenir sheet depicts the ephemeral ceremonial house built for the occasion in the middle of the river Bidasoa, where the retinues of the Spanish and French Crowns met to sign marriage settlements or hold negotiations for the Treaty of the Pyrenees. The artwork was made by French engraver Adam Perelle in November 1659.

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