Limestone - Estonian National Stone

Date of Issue : September 18, 2002
Designer : Jaan Saar
Denomination : 4 kr 40 s
Perforation : 12¾:13
Sheets : 20 stamps (4 x 5)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : (300 000)
Order Number : 257-08-2002
First Day Cover Number : 2002-16
Eesti Post : Limestone - Estonian National Stone

Paas, or paekivi, is a common name for various kinds of limestone found in Estonia, mostly in the north of the country and the islands. It forms a bluff extending almost the whole length of the northern coastline of the Estonian mainland and the islands and is quarried in various parts of the country as building material. It has been used since ancient times to build graves, houses and forts and most of the country's outstanding architectural monuments, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old Town of Tallinn. It is easily carved to produce fines sculptures and more recently, paas has been successfully used in the outer finish of buildings and interior decoration as well as costume jewellery.
On 4 May 1992 paas was declared the National Stone of Estonia.
The stamp features the paas bluff at Cape Pakri.

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