October 19, 2013

0846 RUSSIA (Moscow Oblast) - The mansion house in Marfino

Marfino, a rural locality located several kilometers northeast of the town of Lobnya, on the right bank of the Ucha River, is notable for an old aristocratic estate, of which main house (sometimes referred to as a palace), standing on a hill, was built in the 18th century, being rearranged in the 1830s in the Gothic revival style by architect Mikhail Bykovsky. The brick house has two floors and a rectangular shape, and two more houses are located at the sides. A staircase descends from the palace to the pond, and the bridge over the pond, originally built in the 18th century, was also remodeled in 1830. After the revolution of 1917, the estate was nationalized, in 1933 it was transferred under the Ministry of Defense, and currently hosts a sanatorium.

About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting a fox (0.50 RUB), is part of a large definitive series, about which I wrote here.

The second, depicting Tula Oblast, is part of a series about federal subjects of Russia, issued on June 20, 2006, and composed of six stamps (all with the same face value, 6 RUB):
Tula Oblast - it's on the postcard
Vladimir Region
Kostroma Region
Pskov Region
Ryazan Region
Republic of Adygea

The third stamp is one of the three (all with the same face value, 15 RUB) issued on June 23, 2013, within the series Contemporary Russian Art, dedicated to three modern Russian artists:
• D. Belyukin - Indian Summer. Early Morning (2003) - it's on the postcard
• A. Lyubavin - Girl and the City (2005)
• V. Polotnov - On the Trubezh River (2008)

Marfino, Mytishchinsky District, Moscow Oblast - Wikipedia
Marfino - telenet.be

sender: Katya / KaT-85 (postcrossing: RU-2016885)
sent from Tuchkovo (Moscow Oblast / Russia), on 24.09.2013
photo: A.N. Erina

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