Castles of Romania -EUROPA 2017.

In 2017, Romfilatelia launched the postage stamp issue Castles, a theme selected for 2017 by the PostEurop.

The postage stamp issue is completed by a special philatelic product, which portrays the two castles in all their splendour.

The Hunyadi Castle, pictured on the stamp with the face value of Lei 4.50 is one of the most important monuments of Gothic architecture in Romania. It impresses with its presence through its various architectural styles, and legends woven around it. An imposing building, with towers and bastions, the castle was built by John Hunyadi in the 15th century, on the site of an old fortification.

The Károlyi Castle, illustrated on the stamp with the face value of Lei 15, a wonderful architectural jewel, is the first residence of the Károlyi family in Carei. The Károlyi family castle bears the marks of its function as a fortress, in the larger system of fortifications designed to stop Turkish attacks.

Due to the Turkish invasions, the residence was transformed into a fortress with strong walls on all four sides, with four corner bastions, each of them with gun ports and an exterior moat. The Turkish attacks did not succeed to destroy the citadel, but caused great damage and the repair works began in 1660.

Once the military conflicts in the area ceased, Antal Károlyi (1732 – 1791) sketched out the first plans to turn the building into a full residence, but the actual works began in 1792. The main elements of the fortress, the bastions, are demolished and the fortress is transformed into a Baroque inspired castle which gained over the years an eclectic style, with original architectural elements.

Date of Issue – 12 Apr 2017 Sheetlets are listed