Latvijas Pasts has released a new stamp in the Palaces of Latvia series. The new stamp, designed by artist Girts Griva, depicts the Ungurmuiza manor house. The stamp is accompanied by a first-day cover depicting a part of the Ungurmuiza wall painting created by the Limbazi painter G.D. Hinss – a grenadier who until this very day is faithfully guarding the door of his commander. The special cancellation depicts the clock built into the manor’s garret.
Ungurmuiza is the 11th release in the Palaces of Latvia series. The series was commenced by Latvijas Pasts in 1999 with the stamp depicting Rundale Palace. The palaces of Jelgava, Cesvaine, Jaunmokas, Birni, Jaunpils, Durbe, Stameriena, Krustpils, Mezotne and Bauska have also been depicted on stamps.
The Ungurmuiza manor house lies within the territory of the Gauja National Park, in Raiskums parish. It comprises a harmonious complex of 18th century wood buildings, which has an important place among the cultural monuments of Latvia. It was built in 1732 by baron von Campenhausen as a family home, and no other baroque wood buildings have been preserved in Latvia with similarly rich wall paintings.
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