Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kharkiv, Ukraine

A lovely train card sent to me by Olia.

The card shows the railway station in Kharkiv at the beginning of the 20th century.
Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine (something Ive learned just now, I must admit), located in the northeast part of the country.
The first railway connection of Kharkiv was opened in 1869. The first train to arrive in Kharkiv came from the north on 22 May 1869, and on 6 June 1869, traffic was opened on the Kursk–Kharkiv–Azov line. Kharkiv's passenger railway station was reconstructed and expanded in 1901, to be later destroyed in the Second World War. A new railway station was built in 1952.

So this is that reconstructed and expanded version I guess, before being destroyed in the war.

and just look at this fantastic stamps!!! a lighthouse and a train!! The lighthouse stamp is from a set of 6 lighthouse stamps issued in 2010 and it portrays the Illichivskyi lighthouse. While the train stamp is also from 2010 from a set of 4 called 50 Years of Kyiv Metro - Modern Metro Train. The other two stamps are definitives issued in 2008 in a set of 13 stamps representing handicrafts.
 Thank you again Olia!!! 

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