Italian state institutions issue post stamp celebrating 30 years of diplomatic ties with Georgia

  • The stamp has been printed in 350,010 copies with a value equal to €2.40, with the Embassy explaining the choice for the Castelli drawing had not been incidental. Photo: The Italian Embassy in Georgia.

Agenda.ge, 8 Dec 2022 - 15:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

Italy’s Ministry of Enterprises and the Made of Italy state programme have issued a post stamp dedicated to 30 years of diplomatic relations with Georgia, the Italian Embassy in Georgia revealed on Thursday.

Printed by the State Polygraphic Institute of Italy, the stamp features a reproduction of a drawing of the Bichvinta Cathedral in north-western Georgia’s Abkhazia region, created by the 17th century Theatine cleric Cristoforo Castelli, who produced sketches and drawings on Georgian social and cultural life during his time in the Caucasus.

The stamp has been printed in 350,010 copies with a value equal to €2.40, with the Embassy explaining the choice for the Castelli drawing - currently preserved at the Municipal Library ‘Leonardo Sciascia’ in Palermo - had not been incidental.

The choice points to historical connections between the two countries, […] as well as to the contribution of Italians in [introducing] Georgia better to the European culture family”, the diplomatic office noted.

It also said the Georgian Post would also issue a post stamp featuring the same drawing by the historical figure, with the presentation of the stamps set to be hosted in Tbilisi on December 27.

In its comments on the anniversary, the Italian representation noted the “[multi-century] tradition of collaboration and friendship” between the nations and “excellent political, economic and scientific-cultural relations” between the two states.

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