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2017600th Anniv. of Samogitians Diocese Establishment - Set

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  • 13.07.2017
  • V. Butrimas
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  • “Vaba Maa”, Estonia
  • Art paper. Offset
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  • 52 x 36 mm
  • €1.00
About 600th Anniv. of Samogitians Diocese Establishment

This is a common postage stamp of the Vatican City State and Lithuania released to commemorate 600th anniversary of the establishment of Diocese of Žemaitija (Medininkai), marking the official Christianisation of the last European region. Only a part of Lithuania was christened at the end of the 14th century. Since the Teutonic Order claimed the western part of the country - Žemaitija (Samogitia), efforts of the Lithuanian rulers Jogaila and Vytautas allowed achieving peaceful Christianisation of Samogitian lands without conquering them. In 1417, the Diocese of Žemaitija was established in the Lithuanian region, which had stayed pagan the longest, by the decision of the meeting of the Constance Church, which was approved by the pope Martynas V elected in the meeting. This event ended the Lithuania’s integration into the Christian family of European countries which was started with the baptism of Mindaugas.