Saturday, 29 October 2011

2011 - STAMPS OF BRAZIL - 18

Brazil issued on August 24, 2010 a commemorative stamp part of the Diplomatic Relations Series celebrating the 120 years of the beginning of Ukrainian immigration to Brazil. The Ukrainian population in Brazil is currently estimated at around half a million, mostly Brazilians who are the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren of immigrants who have come from Ukraine in several waves since 1891. 
The stamp portrays two Ukrainian Christian churches, one in the city of Kyiv, in the Ukraine, and another in the Ukrainian community in Brazil, in the town of Mallet, state of Paraná. On the left one can see St. Sophie’s Cathedral with its golden domes of Byzantine architecture. It was the first Ukrainian monument to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the center the stamp depicts the Cathedral’s magnificent four-story belfry. On the right is the Church of St. Michael the Archangel - the first to be built in Brazil by Ukrainian immigrants – featuring its triple walls, where wood is secured making little use of nails.

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