On October 2,
Authority of Spain issued the tenth stamp of set "12 month, 12 stamps,
12 regions". This stamp dedicated to Teruel.
The province is represented on the stamp with the letters TE, alluding
to the old vehicle number plates in Spain. The stamp will also be used
as a single form of postage during the month in which it is issued in
this province. Its design includes the most characteristic elements of
One of such characteristic elements are dinosaurs
. Head of one of them shown on the bottom-right corner of the stamp.
The province of Teruel boasts the largest number of
palaeontological sites in Aragon. There are numerous footprints and
fossils of Aragosaurus
, the first Spanish dinosaur, and Turiasaurus riodevensis
, the largest dinosaur in Europe.Aragosaurus (meaning "Aragon lizard") was a genus of
sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous period of Galve, province
of Teruel, in the autonomous territory of Aragón, Spain. Aragosaurus
was a large, quadrupedal plant-eating dinosaur, which lived about
133-125 million years ago. It was about 18 metres in length and
about 28 tonnes in weight. Like other sauropods, it had a long
neck, a long powerful tail, a small head and a bulky body.
Turiasaurus riodevensis, was a sauropod
dinosaur, is believed to be the largest dinosaur ever found in
Europe, and is among the largest dinosaurs known to date, at 36–39
metres in length and with a weight of 40 to 48 tonnes.
. A small stone bull on a tall column
presides the square popularly known as the “Plaza del Torico”. The
relationship between Teruel and bulls goes a long way back, as seen in
archaeological finds of coins with bull and star motifs. Castanets
This percussion instrument is a well-known symbol of Spain, and is
thought to have originated with the Phoenicians, around three thousand
years ago. In Teruel, it is typically used for the local folk dance, the
. Torre de San Martín
. This tower in the Aragonese
Mudéjar style, has been a World Heritage Site since 1986. It was built
in the early 14th century and imitates the structure of the Almohad
minarets. Teruel ham
. With a Protected Desigation of Origin, it is said to be the best white pork ham in the world.
Suspiros de amante. This is a traditional Teruel pastry, made with
eggs, butter, sugar and cheese. It is especially typical during the
medieval festival, celebrating the wedding of Isabel de Segura.
Finally, the stamp depicts the sculpture of the Lovers of Teruel
protagonists of a legendary love story. The red stripe along the bottom
alludes to one of the colours of the provincial flag. It also features
the logo of the 800th anniversary of the Lovers of Teruel, designed by
Carmen Porto and chosen by popular vote.
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