TYPE: A52, 53, 54, 55
ISSUED: September 2, 1936
PAPER: Watermarked double cross on pyramid
PERF.: 11½ x 12½
DESIGNER: Sandor (Alexander) Legrady
PURPOSE: To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the recapture of Budapest from the Turks in 1686
DESIGN: Ancient city and fortress of Buda; Guardian Angel over Buda; Shield of Buda with cannon and massed flags; First Hungarian soldier to enter Buda, and the dates 1686- 1936
HISTORY: Buda at that time was the capital city, but was later incorporated with Pest (Russian word for oven, referring to the lime kilns) on the opposite side of the river. Buda was recaptured by the combined forces of the countries of the Holy Roman Empire, Venice and the Papal states, under the leadership of Charles, Duke of Lorraine and Pope Innocentius XI in 1686, this being the end of the menace of Turkish domination of Christian Europe. Although the city had been nearly destroyed by the Turks, it was rebuilt in exactly the style in which King Matthias had built it. In connection with the celebration from September 1st to 3rd in 1936, the ancient fortress of Buda was again besieged, stormed and captured from the Turks by the Holy League of Europe.
Two first day cancellations were used at Budapest.