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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ceramics on new stamps from Romania and Portugal

n 1880, Portugal recognized Romania's independence. Celebrating the 130th anniversary of this event, Romfilatelia issues the joint stamp issue entitled "Ceramics – Tiles".

The stamps feature:

- A Saxon origin tile from Bistrita-Nasaud County, dating back from the half of the 19th century, which belongs to the patrimony of the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest.

- An Azulejo, dating back in the 18th century, Lisbon, from the collection of the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.

Azulejo is a word deriving from the Arabic word al-zulayi (meaning "polished stone"). The Azulejos are painted tin-glazed tiles used to cover large surfaces, either inside buildings or on their facades.