Two Stamps Depicting The Peristera Wreck Entered In An Online Competition Organized By Euromed Postal Community

The Hellenic Post, inspired by the archaeological wealth of the Greek seas, has chosen to depict the wreck of the Peristera, located in the sea near the island of Alonissos.

o The Euromed special set of stamps with a common theme is issued every year by Mediterranean countries in the Euromed Postal Community (EuroMed/PUMed), celebrating postal cooperation between countries and strengthening their historical and cultural ties through the promotion of philately.

The stamps are entered in an online competition to choose the best rendition of the common theme. The theme for 2022 is Maritime Archaeology of the Mediterranean and the competition, organized by EuroMed Postal Community, will be open in autumn 2022.

Hellenic Post, inspired by the archaeological wealth of the Greek seas, has chosen to depict the wreck of the Peristera, located in the sea near the island of Alonissos. It is one of the largest shipwrecks of the Classical era, dating from around 425 to 420 BC, and is considered “The Parthenon of Shipwrecks”. The wreck is the first underwater archaeological site that can be visited in Greece, and recreational divers now have the opportunity to explore it.

Hellenic Post is particularly grateful to the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities for permission to use photographs of the ancient shipwreck (photo: Matteo Collina, Università della Calabria – DIMEG) and amphorae from its cargo (photo: Petros Vezyrtzis) in the design of the stamps. The photographs are part of the BlueMed Project “Plan/test/coordinate Underwater Museums, Diving Parks and Knowledge Awareness Centres in order to support sustainable and responsible tourism development and promote Blue growth in coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean”, coordinated by Region of Thessaly and concluded in 2019.

The Greek Euromed set also includes: a Souvenir Sheet, a Booklet, a First Day Cover and a Set Pack containing all the products.