New Stamps from Slovenia

Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio

slovenia rio stampsThe Slovenian Olympic Committee, whose logo appears on the edge of the stamp, currently has 85 athletes on the list of entrants. The final number will be known by the end of July.

Issue Date: 27.05.2016 Designer: Svetlana Miljaševič Printer: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42.60 x 29.82 mm Values: 0.64, 0.97

Mills in Slovenia

slovenia mills stampsSeveral basic types of watermill (or water-driven mill) are known, and these are shown on the stamps in this issue.The only surviving floating mill in Slovenia, on the river Mura at Ižakovci, is an example of a particularly interesting type of mill. An example of a typical small rural mill with a single pair of millstones is the Žager Mill in the Podvolovljek valley near Luče, with an “overshot” water wheel driven by a stream flowing down the hill.

A more distinctive example of a small commercial mill that still grinds grain for customers is the Sorž Mill at Polže near Nova Cerkev. Since the flow of the water is sufficiently strong here, the wheel of this mill is of the “undershot” type.  An example of a large commercial mill with several pairs of millstones and multiple “undershot” mill wheels is Modrijan’s Mill outside Postojna Cave, which used a considerable amount of water power. The youngest mill in technological terms is the Ferlež Mill at Šibenik near Šentjur, a typical example of a more modern roller mill.

Issue Date: 27.05.2016 Designer: Edi Berk, Tomo Jeseničnik Printer: BDT International Security Printing Ltd, Ireland Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamp 51.46 x 25.73 mm; FDC 229 x 161 mm Values: 0.36, 0.42, 0.47, 0.58, 0.60

Centenary of the Russian Chapel below Vršič

slovenia russian chapel stampAn international philatelic project involving the simultaneous issue of a commemorative stamp in Slovenia and Russia to mark the centenary of the building of the Russian chapel below Vršič will this year complement and enrich the ceremony traditionally held on the anniversary of this event.

The wooden chapel was built during the First World War by Russian POWs transported here from the Eastern Front in 1915 by the Austro-Hungarian army in order to quickly build a road over the Vršič pass (1,615 m) to the new front line that formed in the Soča (Isonzo) Valley following Italy’s sudden switch to the Entente side and declaration of war on its former ally Austria in exchange for promised territorial gains (Trieste and the surrounding area, Istria and part of Dalmatia).It is estimated that several thousand young Russian prisoners died building this road. For 100 years they have lain here, in Slovene soil, far from home, next to the road which in 2006 was officially named RUSKA CESTA – the Russian Road – in their honour. This modest wooden chapel, similar to the “tserkvushkas” of their homeland, was built at a time of war and death. Today, however, with the annual memorial ceremonies, it contributes to weaving and deepening ties between two friendly nations, Slovenia and Russia.

Issue Date: 27.05.2016 Designer: Sergey Ulianovskiy, Edi Berk Illustrator: Sergey Ulianovskiy Printer: Cartor Security Printing S.A., France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32.61 x 60.00 mm Values: 0.60

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