This 6 zl stamp portrays Jan Matejko’s painting entitled Introduction of Christianity (to Poland) (Zaprowadzenie chrzescijanstwa). The famous oil on wood painting from 1889 is now at the National Museum in Warsaw. In the year 966 Poland’s King Mieszko I and many in his court were baptized, thus beginning the Christianization of Poland. The ceremony took place on Holy Saturday, April 14, 966. Legend has it that his wife Queen Dabrowa of Bohemia influenced him to accept Christianity. This event, often termed the Baptism of Poland (Chrzest Polski), led to the building of many churches throughout the nation and the introduction of clergy from outside Poland. Mieszko I’s conversion helped achieve several important goals: consolidated his power as king, helped unify the Polish people, improved the position and respectability of Poland among the nations of Europe, and improved state administrative offices by bringing in Church organization. In addition to the numbered SS, the Polish Post also issued a non-denominated numbered blackprint for collectors, as well as an official first day cover.
Date of Issue March 30, 2016
Sheet Format Single in Numbered SS
Printing Method Photogravure & Steel Engraving
Designers Karol Tabaka & Przemyslaw Krajewski