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A stamp to publicize some of the most charming villages in Spain: Bárcena Mayor, Capileira, Miranda del Castañar and Torazu. Do you already know them?
The series of Charming Villages was born in 2016 in Correos, to disseminate the wide heritage of Spain and publicize the beautiful villages we have in our geography.
The issue is a block sheet with 4 self-adhesive stamps, with the format of the old postal strips, folded in bellows format. On the back of each of them, the stamp is also printed, as if it were a postcard.
Product Philately Correos
Format: Block sheet with 4 self-adhesive seals + vignette
Material: Phosphorescent self-adhesive paper
Printing: Offset + fold-out on accordion
Seal size: 57.6 x 40.9 mm (horizontal)
Block sheet size: 80 x 316 mm (vertical)
Postal value of stamps: Rate A
Publication Date: March 11, 2021
Run: 140,000 block sheets
Product exempt from VAT.
Which villages appear in this broadcast?
The peoples reflected in this issue are:
· Bárcena Mayor (Cantabria). In the heart of the Saja-Besaya Natural Park and next to the Argoza River, Bárcena Mayor seems to have stopped in time preserving the traditional values of rural Cantabria. The stamp includes an image of one of the representative houses of this town. These houses have large arcades through which you entered the haystack. The area for housing used to be on the top floor.
· Capileira (Granada). One of the most beautiful villages in the Alpujarra of Granada is the protagonist of another of the stamps. The stamp collects an image of its whitewashed houses and roofs, known as "terraos", show the particularity of being flat and covered with a bluish earth called "launa", which protects the houses from snowfall and rain. It is the closest town to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and its almost 1,500 meters of altitude offers the best views of the Barranco de Poqueira.
· Miranda del Castañar (Salamanca). Located on a rocky ledge surrounded by the Francia and San Benito rivers. The stamp shows Miranda de Castañar, surrounded by green and the tower of her castle peeking out between its roofs. Walking through its streets is to return to the past, to a medieval past of masonry, wood and granite. It preserves a wall of just over 600 meters, intact and complete, with the four doors that give access to the historic center.
· Torazu (Asturias). Between the Asturian mountains and with just 100 inhabitants, to Torazu rises, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, where you can enjoy its rural architecture with its old granaries that are preserved in an exquisite way thus documenting the history of this place. This magical place, of Celtic origin, delicately takes care of its traditions and desires. The stamp shows a panoramic view of its particular orography.
What is a block sheet, and how is it different from a normal seal?
Taking into account that the normal seal has only the surface occupied by the seal, the block sheet is an illustrated surface where one or more seals can appear, so its dimension will be larger, occupying that of the seal and the rest of the sheet and, their sizes and shapes can be very varied.
A curious fact that also differentiates the seal and the block sheet, is that in the first one live characters cannot appear, but in the environment of the seal in the block sheet yes.
How many stamps are on this block sheet?
This block sheet has 4 stamps, with postal value of rate A each, with a vignette and a foldout in accordion.
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