Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Italy 2016
Holy Thorn of Andria

ISSUE DATE: 25 March 2016
STAMP SIZE: 48 x 40 mm
 STAMP THEME: Sacra Spina di Andria
 STAMP DESIGN: Anna Maria Maresca

The Cathedral of Andria, in the Puglia Region of Southern Italy, is a priceless artistic and historic treasure. Dating from approximately the 12th century, the Cathedral contains a famed precious relic, “The Holy Thorn”, believed to be one of the thorns from the Crown of Thorns forced on the head of Christ before his Crucifixion. It also holds the tombs of two of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia's wives, Yolanda of Brienne and Elisabeth of England, as well as a fine 13th century icon of the Madonna and a 15th century bust of Francesco II del Balzo, Duke of Andria, attributed to Francesco Laurana.

Stamp images thanks to Poste Italiane