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Castles in Liechtenstein – new series of stamps

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The Liechtenstein Post has issued a set of stamps commemorating Liechtenstein's castles and castle ruins, immovable witnesses to their time which have outlasted the centuries and became romantic symbols of the Alpine monarchy.

Gutenberg Castle and Vaduz Castle, the residence of the Princes Liechtenstein, were given their characteristic form just 100 years ago. The original buildings go back a long way, Gutenberg to the 12th century and Vaduz to the 13th, but until the renovations at the beginning of the 20th century they were just unprepossessing semi-ruins. The pictures on which the stamps designed by Adolf Tuma are based, show how these buildings looked towards the end of the 19th century. These paintings are probably all by the Vaduz artist Moriz Menzinger (1832

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