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100 Year’s of Politehnica University Timisoara

The postage stamps issue, that contains a stamp and a perforated souvenir sheet, is dedicated to the anniversary of the Politehnica University Timișoara, which celebrates, this year, a century since its establishment and marks the Centenary of the first higher education institution in the west of the country. On the postage stamp of the issue, with the face value of Lei 8.50, the current building of the Rectorate of the Polytechnic University of Timișoara is illustrated, next to the logo of the institution.

Issue Date:18.02.2020 Designer:Mihai Vămășescu Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamp size: 48 x 33 mm; Minisheet of 5 stamps + 1 label: 158 x 92 mm

100 Years of Passing into Eternity of the Saint Hierarch Nectarie from Eghina

Saint Hierarch Nectarie was born in 1846, in the Thracian Silivria (locality near Constantinople), from poor but very god-fearing parents, Dimos and Maria Kefalas, receiving the baptism name of Anastasie. In 1885 Holy Hierarch Nectarie left for Alexandria in Egypt, where he was ordained a priest at St. Nicholas Church in Cairo. A few years later, in 1889, he was ordained a bishop and appointed Metropolitan of the Pentapolis (eparchy corresponding to Upper Libya at that time) by Patriarch Sofronie, who appointed him Patriarchal Secretary and representative in Cairo.After only a year he was expelled from Egypt following the calumnies of envious clerics. He had to return to Athens, alone, disregarded, despised, in great material shortages. He remained a preacher for some years (1891-1894), and was later appointed director of the Rizarios Theological School, which trained future priests, where he remained for 15 years.

In 1904, at the request of several spiritual daughters who wished to become nuns, he founded the “Holy Trinity” Monastery on the island of Eghina, which today is one of the great pilgrimage sites in the Orthodox world. In December 1908, at the age of 62, Holy Hierarch Nectarie resigned from the position of director of the theological school and retired to his monastery in Eghina, where he remained until the end of his life.

He passed to the Lord on November 8th, 1920, following a prostate cancer. He was buried in his monastery by the iconic Hieronymite Sava, who later painted the saint’s first icon.

Issue Date:14.02.2020 Designer:Mihai Vamasescu Process:Offset Colours:5 Colours Size:Stamp size: 42 x 52 mm; Minisheet of 4 stamps :170 x 140 mm

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