Saturday, September 26, 2015

Monaco 2015
800th Anniversary of the Fortress

ISSUE DATE: 11 July 2015
THEME: 800th Anniversary of the Fortress
PRINT RUN: 55 000
STAMP SIZE: 40.85 x 30 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Alain Giampaoli

On 30th May 1191, Emperor Henry VI conceded sovereignty of "the Rock of Monaco, its port and adjacent territories: to the Republic of Genoa, as well as permission to fortify the location "to defend Christianity against the Saracens." The acquisition of private land from the Council of Peille and the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Pons was completed in 1197. It was not until 1215 that the Genoese laid the first stone of a fortress that would become, after many transformations and many embellishments, the majestic residence of the Princes of Monaco.