Friday, March 7, 2014


Postcard of Vaduz Castle, the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein. The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop. Parts of the castle date from as far back as the twelfth century, but the princely family only took up residence here in 1938 following the Anschluss that forced them to leave their previous home in Vienna.

Stamp on the left, issued in 2009, is from a multiyear series called "Brand Liechtenstein" featuring iconic buildings from around the country. Pictured here the parish house in the town of Bendern, where locals swore loyalty to the new local ruler, Prince Johann Adam Andreas von Liechtenstein in 1699, leading to the foundation of Liechtenstein. Stamp on the right is from a 2009 series of four on butterflies featuring the marbled white, Melanargia galathea, a common butterfly across Europe and Asia Minor.

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