Stamp - The Netherlands

This Dutch postage stamp was printed on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Free University Amsterdam). The years represented are 1880-1980.

The free University of Amsterdam is the only Protestant University in the Netherlands. It was founded by a group of Orthodox Protestants led by Abraham Kuyper. Abraham Kuyper was the first founder of a political party in the Netherlands, the ARP. He contributed to the formation of the reformed churches in the Netherlands and he was Prime Minister from 1901 to 1905. The word "free" in the official name of the University refers to it being free from interference of either Church or State. Twelve faculties offer courses within the University: Earth and life sciences, Dentistry, Movement Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Exact Sciences, Medicine (absorbed into VU Medical Center), Theology, Literature, Psychology and Pedagogy, Law, Social Sciences and Philosophy. The faculty of medicine also has its own University Hospital.

Left hand side: picture of Mr. Abraham Kuyper / right hand side: image of the virgin in the garden - a symbolism for piety and wisdom. Above her is the tetragrammaton within a radiating sun - the Hebrew characters JHWH standing for God's name.


Detail where God's name is seen more clearly ...



- we already show a publication from Mr. Abraham Kuyper (1908) on our page "Books" - Click here
- we have seen the image of the Virgin before on a bull issued by the University - Click here


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