2008Castles of Romania - Set
2008 Castles of Romania - Set for only GBP £2.35
Occasioned by the organizing of the World Philatelic Exhibition - EFIRO 2008 - in Bucharest, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamps issue „Castles of Romania“. The philatelic issue illustrates several well known castles popular not only in Romania, but equally outside its borders.
Fagaras Castle is illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 1.00. The building of the stronghold, a symbol of the County of Fagaras, began back in 1300. Initially built in wood and clay, starting with the 14th century, it was reinforced with stonewalls. Finalized during the reign of Stefan Mailat (1528-1541), the building was, at the time, described as: „Located on plain land and although a small citadel, Fagaras proves to be an important fortress; its strength is conferred by the bulwark as well as the surrounding large ditch that only allows passage by means of a very long bridge, enabling access to fortified towers watchfully guarded by soldiers.“ (Georgio Tomasi, end of the 16th century).