Old version
Horses on stamps
thematic catalog for collectors
since 2017
Bulgaria. 900th Anniversary of the Medieval Knights Templar Order
About stamps and plots

On April 17, 2018, the post of Bulgaria issued a souvenir sheet in honor of the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Knights Templar Order.

bulgaria-2018-04-17-info1The Order of the Knights Templar was established on the Holy Land after the First Crusade. Around 1118, French nobleman Hugo de Payne gathered eight of knights and established the Order, proclaiming his goal of protecting pilgrims in their pilgrimage to holy places in the Middle East.

Their order they called "Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon." (lat. Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici) They were so poor that they had only one horse for two people. In memory of this, the Order's seal has represented the image of a horse on which two horsemen sit for a long time.

The famous Bulgarian artist Yasen Guzelev painted nine knights-founders of the Order of the Knights Templar in front of the historical and cultural sights on the postal souvenir sheet. The artist also did not forget about the medieval legend - two knights sit on a horse at the same time. This symbolic image is represented on the stamp.

The souvenir sheet is issued in a circulation of 10,100 copies, including 4,000 sheet produced on special paper without an adhesive layer with an ultraviolet protection strip and an individual number from 0001 to 4000.

The presentation of the postal souvenir sheet took place at the Rila Hotel in Sofia where Deputy Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Dimitar Genovsky, modern followers of the Knights Templar in Bulgaria, as well as the President of the International Federation of Philately Tay Peng Hian participated in the ceremony.


2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 agriculture Algeria Andorra French Argentina Armenia art Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Belarus Belgium best stamp book illustrations Bosnia and Hercegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska) Botswana Brazil breeds of horses Bulgaria cavalry chariot chess children toys children’s drawings children's drawings China Christmas cinema circus coins Colombia Croatia culture and traditions Czech Republic Denmark emblems and symbols epic equestrian equestrian sport Europe Exhibition fairy tales famous horses Finland fire service folklore France French polynesia Georgia Germany Great Britain Greece Guernsey harness racing heraldry hippodrome history holidays and festivals horse ammunition horse breeding horse-drawn transport horserace horses horseshoes Hungary Iceland India Iran Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Japan Jersey Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Latvia Liechtenstein literature Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia military Moldova Monaco monuments Morocco. Myanmar mythology national traditions and holidays nature Netherlands New Caledonia new issues New Year New Zealand North Korea (DPRK) Norway Order of Malta painting parades and processions Paraguay pentathlon personalities philately Philippines Poland polo Portugal postal history postcards postmark Republika Srpska Romania royal horses Russia San Marino sculpture Serbia Singapore site Slovakia Slovenia Spain sport Sri Lanka stamps Sweden Switzerland tourism troika Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Ukraina UN UNESCO UNO Upaep Uruguay USA Uzbekistan veterinary Vietnam workhorse zoo
Horse-Stamps 2003-2023 (c)