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Perforation image from Serif Art Gallery. © Serif Inc, 1996

Valira Torrent - bulletin of the Andorran Philatelic Study Circle. Issue 22, p2 (Nov 1985).

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Sant Cerni de Nagol

by David Hope

Sant Cerni de Nagol

Eagle Angel The church of Sant Cerni de Nagol is situated at 1200 metres to the east of Sant Julia de Loria. This sanctuary contains, among other treasures, some amazing Romanesque wall paintings which are, without doubt, contemporaneous with the construction of the building - that is to say, dating from the XIth century, since the church was consecrated in 1055. The church appears on a card issued by the vegueria Episcopal. 1983 Christmas

So far, five stamps have been issued showing wall paintings from Sant Cerni. In 1979 the French Bureau released a 2f value showing an eagle, the symbol of good health. This was followed in 1980 by another 2f value showing an angel with wings spread and hands placed together.

Sant Jordi

In 1983 the Spanish Bureau issued a 16pta Christmas stamp depicting the figure of a man, possibly a saint. Could it be Sant Cerni? Does anyone have the answer?

Two saints 1984 saw the French Bureau issue a 5f value showing Sant Jordi (Saint George). He is shown with a sharp spear planted in the mouth of an evil creature resembling a serpent rather than a dragon. Although little is known about Saint George, he became a popular figure throughout Europe during the Medieval period. He was regarded as the patron of Catalonia, and this explains perhaps his appearance in Andorra.

The fifth stamp has only just been released by the French Bureau in September 1985. It is another 5f value showing two figures, both are presumed to be saints.

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