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CYPRUS STAMPS - EUROPA 2022: 6 MAY 2022   

Cyprus Stamps Europa 2022 – "Stories and Myths" / "Ιστορίες και μύθοι"

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NORTH CYPRUS STAMPS 2022 EUROPA: 9 MAY 2022
AVRUOA "Hikayeler ve Mitler"  2022 EUROPA
"Stories and Myths" 


f) “Ancient Fountains of Cyprus” comprising of two stamps - See more at: http://www.cyprusstamps.com/cyprusstampscalendar.html#sthash.krJwUs6E.dpuf

 

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Below are the details of the most recent stamp issues.

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CYPRUS STAMPS - EUROPA 2022: 6 MAY 2022   

 

Cyprus Stamps Europa 2022 – "Stories and Myths" / "Ιστορίες και μύθοι"

Consisting of two stamps and a booklet containing a strip of 4 sets of stamps (8 stamps).
The common theme adopted by the European Postal Organization (POSTEUROP) is "Stories and Myths".

The legend of Digenis Akritas 

Digenis Akritas was the most courageous of all the Akrites, who guarded the borders of Byzantium. They caused fear and terror to the Saracens who came from the mountains of Central Asia.

The giant stone that dominates the sea and is called "Petra tou Romiou", is associated with the legend of Digenes Akritas, from whom the area took its name.

According to legend, Digenis Akritas, the legendary Byzantine hero, during the 7th - 10th century, in order to repel the Saracen Arabs, who were preparing to plunder the area, grabbed onto the mountain range of Kyrenia by his one hand as a result of which it took the shape and the name Pentadaktylos (meaning five fingers) and with his other hand lifted a huge rock (the Stone of Romios – Petra tou Romiou) and threw it into the sea against the Saracens who left fleeing.

 

The Secret Treasure of Regina

Regina, namely the Queen, is a mysterious person mentioned in several myths and legends of Cyprus.

Some of these legends are connected to the castle of Vufavendo, in which, according to tradition, Regina hid her treasures in one of its 101 rooms.

One of the legends states that every night on which the Resurrection of Christ was celebrated, a secret door would open for a short period of time through which someone could gain access to Regina's room containing the treasures.

On one night of the Resurrection of Christ, a shepherd entered the room, but the door closed before he could collect the treasures.

The shepherd had a pomegranate with him and by eating a piece every day he was kept alive until the following year when on the night of the Resurrection the secret door opened and he gained his freedom.

Sample Images:
Cyprus Stamps EUROPA 2022 Stories and Myths 34c sample image Cyprus Stamps EUROPA 2022 Stories and Myths 64c sample image

Design - Artwork: Ioanna Kalli, Lefkosia
Text: Department of Postal Services
Printing: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
Printer: Baltic Banknote High Security Printing


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NORTH CYPRUS STAMPS 2022 EUROPA "Stories and Myths: 9 MAY 2022
AVRUOA "Hikayeler ve Mitler"  2022 EUROPA

AVRUOA "Hikayeler ve Mitler"  - EUROPA 2022 "Stories and Myths"


KARAKIZ
In the early days of the Ottoman Empire, shepherds used to wander only during the day on the rock to the easy of Kyrenia. No one would dare to go there at night, believing that this area is unlucky and a gathering place for jinnat night.

A shepherd herding cattle here had a very beautiful daughter known as Karakiz. Karakiz's favourite thing was to bathe in this bay. Young shepherds who visited in that region fell in love with her because of her beauty.

A rich shepherd's son liked her and had has parents ask her father to give his daghter as a bride. Since Karakiz liked him, the wedding preparations started.

On the day of her wedding, Karakiz got bored with the heat and the wedding dress she wore as well as the veil no her head, so she went down to the bay to take a bath and relax.
After she took off her wedding dress on the shore, she went into the sea in her veil.

Legend has it that there was an eye (whirlpool) at the bottom of the big rock in the bay that opened at certain times and closed after swallowing everything there.
Just when Karakiz entered the sea, that eye opened and swallowed here; her body was never found. Only her veil was found near the shore, and it was given to the groom as a souvenir.

From that day on, the rocky area there was called "Karakiz's Lair", while the bay to the west of this area was named "Karakiz Bay".

PYGMALION and GALATHA
The ancient city of Carpasia was a harbour town located on the coast 4km west of today's Dipkarpaz village. It was established as a city-state during Pagan times, before Christianity. Today, it is possible to see the fortification walls and columns of the palace in the clear waters of the sea.

The legendary king Pygmalion who founded this city, had an artistic character. He decorated his palace with his own carved marble sculptures. He wasn't satisfied with the women around him, but was waiting for his ideal; his queen.

One day, he began to carve a beautiful woman, sculpted from snow-white marble. Day by day, Pygmalion fell in love with his own carved sculpture. Each day, his love grew deeper.
Aphrodite, the goddess of love, took pity on Pygmalion and wanted to end his sorrow.

One day, when the king hugged the sculpture, he realised that it had come to life; that his creation had colour in its cheeks, and was looking at him lovingly.
He gave the fair-skinned woman the name "Galatea", which means "as white as milk".
He married her and they had a son named Paphos.

Years passed and the King said to his son: Dear son, I have established my kingdom at the very easternmost point of the island. Go to the west and found your own kingdom.

It is believed that the city of Paphos or Baf, was founded by and named after Paphos, the son of King Pygmalion.

Comprising of a set of 2 stamps with different face values.
Available as MINT sets, USED/CTO sets and sets of 2 full sheets containing 8 stamps per sheet and Post Office Official First Day Cover.
 

Image from Cyprus Stamps website:
North Cyprus Stamps SG 2022 EUROPA Stories and Myths. Issue Date 9 May 2022

Name of artist: Görel Korol Sönmezer
Digitally printed on watermarked paper in the State Printing Office in Lefkoşa (Turkish Nicosia)
 

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