Venice turns 1,600, commemorative stamp issued

Features woodcut 'View of Venice' by Jacopo de' Barbari (1500)

25 March, 15:59

    A 16th-century bird's-eye view of Venice portrayed in a woodcut from 1500 by the carver Jacopo de' Barbari, conserved at the Correr Museum, has been chosen to illustrate a stamp commemorating the 1,600th anniversary of the founding of the lagoon city.

    The stamp is valid for ordinary mail sent in Europe and the Mediterranean basin and 500,000 copies will be issued.

    The brochure illustrating the stamp was written by Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, who recalled that March 25 of the year 421 is commonly recognised as the day the City of Venice was founded.

    The first testimony dates to a manuscript by Chronicon Altinate, one of the oldest sources, which tells the story of the city's origins and the origins of the Venetians through a collection of documents and legends.

    "Today, 1,600 years since that day, Venice calls together the entire international community and all those who have in their heart what is, for all intents and purposes, a city of the world," said Brugnaro.

    "Venice, a crossroads of peoples, cultures, religions, embassies, trade exchanges, places of innovation and experimentation, a city that was able, with its centuries-old history, to expand its dominion on the one hand, and on the other, welcome the devotion of many Italian towns that saw in the Republic a place to prosper and grow from the point of view of relations and innovation," he said.

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