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Tulcea one of the brightest cities of the Danube

Tulcea one of the brightest cities of the Danube
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According to info got by StampNews.com Roman Post has issued a series of stamps dedicated to Tulcea – one of the brightest cities of the Danube. This postage issue illustrates four tourist sights included in the cultural heritage of the place.

The stamp with the face value of lei 3.00 depicts the Independence Monument dedicated to the the heroes of the War of Independence (1877-1878) and built on the ruins of Aegyssus.

The execution of the monument was entrusted to the sculptor Giorgio Vasilescu, and after his death, to the sculptor Constantin Balacescu. The ensemble was completed in 1899, but was inaugurated on May 2nd, 1904 in the presence of King Carol I. At the base of the obelisk, were two sculptural elements: a Dorobant with a gun on his shoulder and a bugle in his hand, as well as a giant eagle with open wings. The Independence Monument was rebuilt in 1932 after its destruction between 1916-1918, but it was only in 1977 that it regained the original shape, with the statue of the Dorobant and the eagle thanks to the sculptor Cristea Grosu.

On the stamp with the face value of lei 3.30 is illustrated the "Spiru Haret" in Dobrogea College, the oldest institution of secondary education in the county, established in 1883 as the Science Gymnasium for Boys, and turned into a high school in 1897. At the time, a special support was granted to the school by the scientist and educator Spiru Haret, then Minister of Public Instruction. In 1903, the high school was given the name of Prince Carol and on December 1st, 1916, the school closed during the regime established by the Bulgarian-German-Turkish military occupation, resuming its activities in 1918. Until 1928, the high school had operated in the former property of Ahmed Resim Pasha, which would be demolished to make way for the current headquarters of the institution.

The stamp with the face value of lei 4.30 illustrates the image of the Aziziye Mosque (known as Sultan Abdul Aziz's Mosque), a place of worship and historical monument, inaugurated in 1863.

The monument is characterized by simplicity, being built in the Moorish style and having a square-shaped sanctuary, the interior retaining the same characteristics of oriental ornamentation (inscriptions carved with Arabic letters can be found in the room).

The stamp with the face value of lei 14.50 depicts the St. Nicholas Episcopal Cathedral.

The cathedral was built on the place where Romanians from the Bestepe village built a wooden church. The cornerstone of the present church was laid in 1862 by Bishop Dionysius of Durostor, the inscription at the entrance standing as witness: "This holy shrine of the patron Saint Nicholas in Tulcea was built in 1865 during the Turkish rule, alongside with the old church". The cross-shaped cathedral has a height of about 30 m and follows the Byzantine style with three towers. It is built of stone and brick and painted in oil inside. The ceiling is composed of 15 arches, supported by 8 massive pillars. The Renaissance painting was executed between 1905-1906, by painter Professor D. Marinescu, from the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest.

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