Sunday, September 4, 2011

Zaporizhia, Ukraine

Dnieper River, Zaporizhia
This is from the big groups RR. The city of Zaporizhia is located on the banks of the Dnieper River (shown on the card) in southeastern Ukraine. The area has been inhabited for around three thousand years, starting with Scythian nomads, who left behind anthropomorphic stelae - stone images carved to honor the dead. In the 16th-18th centuries, the island of Khortytsiya in the middle of the Dnieper provided a base for an "impenetrable fortress" for the Cossacks. Today, Zaporizhia is an important industrial city which houses a major auto manufacturing company and a large hydroelectric power plant.

The sender had almost no space to write as most of the back of the card was covered with stamps.

A definitive from 2007 showing a penny whistle.

The stamp in the bottom left corner is from 2005 and features Independence Square. Then there are two airplanes from a 2004 joint issue with Iran. The one on the top right is really cool: the 90th anniversary of the first postage stamps of Ukraine! Yes, it is a stamp depicting a stamp, in the denomination of 20 shahs. Issued in 2008.

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