Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stamps Celebrates 600th Anniversary of
Samogitia Christianization

First Day of Issue: January 5, 2013 - Lithuania

Lithuania has issued a new postage stamp celebrating the 600th Anniversary of Samogitia Christianization and Establishment of the Diocese of Samogitia.

The Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas and the King of Poland Vladislovas Jogaila (Władysław II Jagiełło), with the aim to bring the Grand Duchy of Lithuania closer to the culture of Western Europe, started Christianising Lithuania in 1387 following the rites of the Roman Catholic Church.

However, due to a specific political and historical situation, Samogitia further remained a pagan region. Vytautas and Jogaila initiated Christianization of Samogitians only in 1413, and the process was finalized in 1417 with the establishment of the Samogitia Diocese.

Learn more at: Lietuvos Pastas

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