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2000 years Solothurn town

Between 15 and 25 AD, the Romans built a connecting road from Aventicum (Avenches) to Vindonissa (Windisch). Where it crossed the River Aare, they built a settlement which they named “Salodurum”. This historical event marks the birth of the town of Solothurn.

The festivities marking this 2,000-year anniversary are set to last the entire year and will include a number of concerts, theatre productions, book launches and a large festival in the old town. The special stamp sheetlet shows a photo taken from the River Aare, which is a transport route and the lifeline of the city. The stamp itself is designed as an illustration and shows St Ursus Cathedral, built between 1762 and 1773, with its imposing tower and its onion dome. The tower is 6 × 11 m high and houses 11 bells. The history of the town is inextricably linked to the number 11: Solothurn is listed as the 11th state of the Swiss Confederation; 11 churches and chapels, 11 fountains, and 11 towers are part of the townscape.  The list goes on with 11 guilds, 11 bailiwicks, 11 canons and 11 chaplains. The number 11 is represented on the special stamp, with 11 fish in the River Aare. You can also see the town coat of arms, as well as the local mountain in the background, the Weissenstein mountain with its health resort.

Kurt Fluri, Mayor of Solothurn © Thomas Rathgeb
Sheetlet of 9 stamps
Maximum card (the maximum card motif is also available as a picture postcard without an affixed and cancelled stamp.

To mark the town’s anniversary, a number of different events will be taking place in Solothurn. You can find detailed information at: 2000-jahre-solothurn.ch.

Buying stamps
You can find all the stamps at postshop.ch

Technical information

Sales

Philately: from 27.2.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last
Branches: from 5.3.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last

Validity

Unlimited from 5.3.2020

Printing

Offset, 4-colour; Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein

Sizes

Stamps: 28 × 33 mm
Sheetlet: 192 × 115 mm (3 rows of 3 stamps)

Paper

White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²

Perforation

13½:13¼

Design

Remo Fringeli, Zuchwil