EUROPA 2018 – BRIDGES

EUROPA 2018 – BRIDGES  

The theme chosen by PostEurop for the Europa 2018 postage stamp series is “Bridges”. The stamps issued by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, with artwork by artist Stefano Morri, depict Saint Peter and Saint John Nepomuk, the first patron of bridge builders and the second priest and martyr of the 14th Century who suffered torture and cruel punishment in defending the Church, and was thrown alive into the Vltava river. Two bridges stand in the background: “Ponte Sant’Angelo” in Rome, built between 130 and 135 A.D. as an access way to the Mausoleum of Hadrian, and “Charles Bridge” (in Czech, Karlův most) in Prague, a historic stone bridge on the Vltava river linking the old city with the Malá Strana district and considered one of the most famous monuments in the Czech Republic’s capital.