Print

A Postage Stamp will Commemorate the Legendary Šeimyniškėliai Hillfort

Jul 05, 2017

Lietuvos paštas continues its series of postage stamps called “Tourism in Lithuania”: to celebrate the Year of Hillforts, a postage stamp presenting one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Aukštaitija will be issued on 8 July. The Šeimyniškėliai Hillfort in Anykščiai is famous for its rich history and is one of the most thoroughly researched hillforts on the eastern Baltic coast.

“2017 is the Year of Hillforts because hillforts are inseparable from the historic landscape of our country. The number of hillforts in our country is one of the highest in the world, but the most important thing is that the rich history of the country is recorded, like in the annals of old, in the hills that cover the map of Lithuania. 

A postage stamp is an excellent instrument for promoting destinations and attracting foreign and local tourists, so the new postage stamp represents one of the largest and most picturesque hillforts in Lithuania, famous for its legends and secrets,” says Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė, Head of Marketing and Communications Department at Lietuvos paštas.

The new postage stamp, with circulation of 200,000, was created by artist Simona Stelmokaitė. The denomination of the postage stamp is EUR 0.39. 

In addition to the postage stamp devoted to Lithuanian tourism, the first day cover will also be available. On Saturday, correspondence paid with this postage stamp will be stamped at the Anykščiai post office with the datestamp of the first day.

The Šeimyniškėliai hillfort, which is located in the northern part of Anykščiai, was built on an upland cape; it is surrounded by the river Varelis on the north-western side, and the river Volupis on the south-eastern side. The hillfort platform is 80 m long, its width at the south-eastern end is 35 m, and 23 m at the north-western end. The total area of the platform is 2,400 m².

According to dendrochronological research, the hillfort was built in 1232; it is associated with Voruta, the only known castle of King Mindaugas.

 

Lietuvos paštas issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lietuvos paštas also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.