The Christmas triptych stamp with a religious content emanates from an icon – triptych (1764) painted in the hagiographic workshop of the Monastery of Agios Irakleidios in Politiko and belongs to the medieval church of Our Lady (Panagia) Chryseleousa Strovolos. On the reverse side of the side panels appear the signs of the Passion (Arma Christi) while in the central part of the triptych, the two-layered representation depicts the Panagia Kykkotissa and St. Luke holding a painting and a painting bowl, which refer to the tradition that the icon of Panagia of Kykkos is his own work.
The depiction of the impressive triple masted sailing boat infers the protection of ships and seafarers by Panagia Kykkotissa or is a reminder of the ownership of the boat by the monastery. The panel on the left hand side depicts the military St. Minas the Egyptian and the panel on the right hand side depicts St. Spyridon bishop of Trimythous of Cyprus.

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Christmas is probably the most special and magical time of year for all of us, but especially for children.
The 64-cent stamp depicts a letter to Santa Claus. Children write their letters early asking Santa to bring them the gift they want. The Cyprus Post Office helps Santa Claus communicate with the children by forwarding their letters and the letters that he sends them with much love!
The 34 cent stamps depict one of the children’s magical moments, the opening of gifts they have been waiting for Santa Claus to place under the Christmas tree.

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This year’s common theme adopted by member states of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean “Euromed” is “Trees of the Mediterranean.
Trees are perennial sentient plants without which mankind will cease to exist. Thousands of years ago Cyprus was famous for the abundance of its trees which were cut down for smelting copper and shipbuilding.
The Mediterranean region is home to a great variety of fruit trees such as the carob, the olive and orange trees. The olive tree can live for thousands of years. Other common trees of the Mediterranean are the pine, palm and cedar trees.
The stamp depicts a composite tree featuring the leaves of the olive and pine trees and the fruits of the carob and orange trees.

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