StampNews.com hurries to inform that Romania Post has issued on the 7th of November a special stamp issue honoring the Carol I University Foundation Palace. A century after the completion of the current building housing the Foundation, Romfilatelia dedicates the postage stamp issue 100 Years since the Inauguration of the Carol I University Foundation Palace to the period of history, education and culture.
The postage stamp with the face value of lei 9,10 illustrates the current facade of the "Carol I" Central University Library and the equestrian statue of the King.
The postage stamp of the souvenir sheet with the face value of lei 14.50 illustrates a vintage image of the Foundation's Palace, and on the sleeve there is a photograph from the inauguration of the extended building, on May 9th 1914, in the Great Auditorium, in the presence of His Majesty King Carol I. Also reproduced, in the upper left corner of the sleeve, is a fragment from the founding document of the University Foundation, signed by King Carol I.
The cornerstone of the foundation was laid in 1891, the work sending two years later, and the inauguration taking place in 1895. The Foundation was aimed at strengthening "the brotherhood among the university's youth" and "feeding the patriotic feeling which elevates its soul", offering, for the 50 years to come, aid for printing valuable works and theses, scholarships for students and grants.
The Foundation managed to build an important collection, as both King Carol I and other personalities of that period contributed to it by donating works and especially money, strengthening thus the King's objective professed to Emil Pangrati: "We do not know what the future will belike, or under which circumstances we will find ourselves. But my Foundation must provide for the wellbeing of the youth and the building of their future".