Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Indonesia-Iran Joint Issue Stamp

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!!! May we'll have better times ahead...

I know it's kinda bit late to greet you with that, but still better late than never right :)

How's your year end holiday?? I had so much going on and it's quite an adventure really. But, i'm not going to talk about that.

During my holiday, i received sooooo many postcards and letters and those were really great new year's present for me. One of the letters i received was from POS INDONESIA. They sent me the latest Indonesian stamps issued in the year 2009. It was joint issue stamps between Indonesia and Iran showing two beautiful mosques.

The first one is Al Markaz Mosque in Makassar, Indonesia. According to the stamps printed details, the biggest and grandiose mosque in Southeast Asia, Al Markaz Al Islami Mosque is the pride of Makassar resident. Its beautiful architecture is influenced by Masjidil Haram in Mecca as well as Masjid Nabawi in Medina. Ir. Achmad Nu'man, the designer , also adds architecture elements of Katangka Mosque in Gowa as well as Bugis-Makassar traditional house . Initiated by General M. Jusuf, the building started on 8 May 1994 and finished on 12 January 1996. Located at Mesjid Raya Street Makassar City, this three floors building looks lovely with a green color nuance. Beside its main fnctions as praying place, this mosque serves as an education center of Islam. Al Markaz Mosque is dedicated to become one of centers of Islam study and development in eastern part of Indonesia.

The second stamp shows The Soltanieh Dome in Iran. Known also as the mausoleum of Oljeitu (Sultan Mohammad Khodabandeh) is an outstanding work of Persian and Islamic architecture built between 102 and 1312 BC. Soltanieh Dome, which was the world's tallest building of its time, curently ranks third after Italy's Saint Mary church in Florence and Turkey's Aya Sofia Mosque in Istanbul. Located near Iran's western Zanjan province, this 54 meter tall octagonal base building comprises three parts: mausoleum, dome chamber and vault. The dome camber is decorated with Islamic inscriptions and beautiful muqarnas (a traditional Persian art). The king;s body laid to rest in teh vault and two gards protected the gilded royal tombstones at all times. This historical building designed by Mason Ali Shah Tabrizi was registered in UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2006.

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