Lietuvos Paštas continues its series of postage stamps called “Tourism in Lithuania” and this time the Postal Service celebrates the Year of Hillforts with a postage stamp presenting one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Aukštaitija.
It is Šeimyniškėliai Hillfort that is famous for its rich history and is one of the most thoroughly researched hillforts on the eastern Baltic coast. StampNews.com invites each philately enthusiast to access this special item!
“2017 is the Year of Hillforts because hillforts are inseparable from the historic landscape of our country. The number of hillforts in our country is one of the highest in the world, but the most important thing is that the rich history of the country is recorded, like in the annals of old, in the hills that cover the map of Lithuania.
A postage stamp is an excellent instrument for promoting destinations and attracting foreign and local tourists, so the new postage stamp represents one of the largest and most picturesque hillforts in Lithuania, famous for its legends and secrets,” says Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of Marketing and Communications Department at Lietuvos paštas.
The Šeimyniškėliai hillfort, which is located in the northern part of Anykščiai, was built on an upland cape; it is surrounded by the river Varelis on the north-western side, and the river Volupis on the south-eastern side. The hillfort platform is 80 m long, its width at the south-eastern end is 35 m, and 23 m at the north-western end. The total area of the platform is 2,400 m².
According to dendrochronological research, the hillfort was built in 1232; it is associated with Voruta, the only known castle of King Mindaugas.