Monday, February 8, 2010

#058 Serbia...Thanks Dejan!

The first stamp from left was issued in 2008 to commemorate the 125 years of Oriental Express.

The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Its route has changed many times, and several routes have in the past concurrently used the name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most intimately associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the service.

On June 5, 1883 the first 'Express d'Orient' left Paris for Vienna and the train was officially renamed Orient Express in 1891.

On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a "victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines."

The stamp in the middle was issued in 2009 to celebrate the 25th Universiade Belgrade.

Universiade is besides Olympic games the biggest sport event held in a country. Universiade are hosted every other year in selected city of a country member of FISU.

The stamp at the right was issued in 2008 to commemorate the 200 years of the Great School of Belgrade.

The school was the highest ranking educational institution in Serbia between 1808 and 1905,and was the predecessor of the University of Belgrade.It had three departments or faculties: Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Law. The School formally became the University of Belgrade from February 27, 1905.

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