Dominic, founder of the order
ca 1170 - 6 August 1221

A brief biography.

Dominic de Guzmán, Spanish in full Domingo de Guzmán, was born about 1170 in the town of Caleruega in north-central Spain (Castile) of Don Felix Guzmán, lord of the manor in the village, and Joan of Aza (1140-1202), both members of the lower nobility. From his earliest youth Dominic was trained to become a priest. Such a decision had to be made early since the choice of vocation determined the kind of training a child was given, either for knighthood or priesthood. After he had learned the rudiments,

Dominic was initiated into clerical studies by his mother's brother, a priest. When he was about fourteen, he went to the cathedral school of Palencia to study philosophy and theology. He studied theology for four years, an unusually thorough formation for the average priest in those days. While in Palencia Dominic manifested his great generosity during a famine, using his slender resources to help the poor and gaining additional funds by selling his books.

Completing his studies when he was about twenty-four, he joined the chapter of Canons Regular of the cathedral of Osma, about 1196, and soon afterwards was ordained a priest. Later he became subprior of the chapter.

In 1203, after Dominic had spent almost ten years as a Canon Regular, the Holy Spirit began to call him to a new vocation as founder.

It seemed to happen by accident. Diego d'Acabes, his bishop, chose him as companion on an embassy to Denmark to arrange a marriage for the son of King Alfonso VIII of Castile. In passing through southern France, the travellers came to know the Albigensian heretics; in fact, the innkeeper where they stayed on their first night was a member of the sect. Dominic's zeal for souls, which had ripened during his years of contemplative life at Osma, burst into flame. He stayed up all night arguing with his host. With the rising of the sun, the man gave up his heresy and returned to the Catholic faith. Though the bishop successfully negotiated a marriage for the King's son, the purpose of the trip was defeated when the princess died, or, as some say, entered a monastery.

The bishop and Dominic discovered this two years later when they returned to her country to escort her to Spain. In Denmark the two men observed the intense missionary activity that the Danish clergy were engaged in among the pagans of the Baltic regions. Apparently aiming to join them, they went to Rome, where the bishop tendered the resignation of his diocese. Though this was not allowed and the two never again returned to the North, Dominic's missionary zeal had burst into flame and never again burned low. It became an important part of his legacy to the Order.


Pope Innocent III refused the bishop's resignation and sent him instead to work among the Albigenses. For a long time the Church had been hoping for their conversion. St. Bernard had preached to them, and Innocent had sent legates and preachers to work among them. The bishop and Dominic obediently turned their steps westward toward France. Arriving at Montpellier, they found the papal legates, among whom was Abbot Arnauld of Citeaux, who were heartily discouraged. Despite all their efforts they had made no headway. After listening attentively, the bishop sized up the situation and gave solid advice: You must meet fire with fire.

The heretic leaders live an austere life, keep long fasts, travel on foot, and preach in apostolic simplicity. "Send home your retinues then," advised the bishop, "go about on foot two by two, in imitation of the apostles, and then the Lord will bless your efforts." They dismissed their retinues after Diego had set the example.

They kept only "books and other necessities," as Jordan of Saxony reports. Areas for evangelization were assigned to the new groups of apostolic preachers and they set out to preach. During the following weeks and months they crisscrossed the countryside, preaching and debating with the Albigenses. After each debate, each side presented a written summary of its arguments to its opponents.

The Albigenses subjected one of Dominic's summaries to a trial by fire. Three times they threw it into the fire but each time the flames cast it forth untouched.


In 1206 the papal legates and preachers, depressed at the failure of their mission, consulted the bishop and Dominic, who reasoned that the heretics would be regained only by an austerity equal to their own; the preachers must tramp the roads barefoot and in poverty. This was the birth of Dominic's "evangelical preaching." An important part of his campaign was the establishment of a priory of nuns at Prouille, formed in 1206 from a group of women converted from the heresy.

In 1208 the papal legate, Peter de Castelnau, was murdered by an emissary of the Count of Toulouse. The pope called upon the Christian princes to take up arms. The leader on the papal side was Simon de Montfort, a subject of the king of France. The Albigensian leader was Raymond VI, count of Toulouse, an opponent of the king of France and brother-in-law of King John of England, lord of neighbouring Aquitaine.

Dominic's work, though confined to the Prouille area, continued, and six others eventually joined him. Meanwhile, the civil war dragged on until Simon's victory at Muret in 1213. The Catholic party entered Toulouse, and Dominic and his friends were welcomed by the bishop, Foulques, and established as "diocesan preachers" in 1215.
One of the successes of Diego and Dominic was the conversion of a number of women from Albigensianism. They established a monastery for them at Prouille, near Fanjeaux, their own headquarters
in 1206. This became the first monastery of the Dominican Second Order. Dominic became its father, spiritual guide, and lawgiver, a position entrusted to him by Bishop Diego when he returned to his diocese late in 1207 to recruit preachers, raise funds for the apostolate, and to regulate his diocese.


He died in December 1207 soon after his return to Spain. Legate Raoul had died the previous July. A further calamity befell the missions in January, 1208, when the Albigenses assassinated Legate Peter of Castelnau, a fiery, impatient man, who constantly antagonized them. At the end of his patience, Innocent III proclaimed a crusade against the heretics. When hostilities broke out, a peaceful apostolate became extremely difficult, but Dominic and a handful of companions persevered with their preaching despite every discouragement. Gradually Dominic came to realize that only a religious Order could give the Church the continuous supply of trained preachers it needed.

Experience had shown that volunteer preachers did not come in sufficient numbers and did not always persevere. The character of the Cathar heresy taught Dominic another lesson. Their leaders were austere, educated men, well versed in the Scriptures, who preached convincingly. These facts influenced the kind of Order Dominic founded. Its members would not only assume the usual obligations of religious but would systematically study the Scriptures.

Dominic remained true to his training and experience. Within the month that he founded the Order, he enrolled six disciples in the lecture course of Alexander Stavensby at the cathedral school of Toulouse. He himself had an excellent education and a deep love of God's word. He always carried Matthew's Gospel and Paul's Epistles. Constantly he urged the friars "by word and letter" to study the books of the Old and New Testaments. Studying the Scriptures was the medieval way of studying theology. The Bible was the chief textbook of the schools and universities. All other studies prepared the students to enter the classes of the master of theology, who unfolded the deepest meanings of the Sacred Text.

Against this background, Dominic's sending seven friars to Paris in August, 1217, takes on new meaning. By preference he founded houses in university cities, at Bologna, Palencia, Montpellier, and Oxford. By design he sought to enrol university students in the Order.

The founding of the Order

Dominic and his companions first discussed the founding of an Order seriously during 1213 and 1214 at Fanjeaux. In the spring of 1215 they were ready, and Bishop Fulk of Toulouse established them as a preaching brotherhood for his diocese. Dominic gave vows to Thomas and Peter Seila, citizens of Toulouse. Seila deeded some houses he owned to the Order. The larger became the Order's first priory when Dominic and the brethren took up their residence there. Soon afterwards the bishop gave the church of St. Romanus for their community prayers. Thus the Order of Preachers began on a small scale with episcopal approval. 

The next step was to obtain papal confirmation of the foundation. The opportunity came when Bishop Fulk set out for Rome in 1215, with Dominic in his company, to attend the Fourth Lateran Council. Jordan describes their project: "They petitioned the Lord Pope Innocent to confirm for Brother Dominic and his disciples an Order that would be an Order of Preachers; likewise that he would confirm the revenues that had been assigned to the brothers by the count and by the bishop." A hurdle to confirmation had to be faced. On the agenda for the Council was a proposal to prohibit the founding of new religious Orders. To surmount it, Innocent advised Dominic to choose one of the existing religious Rules. He promised that when this had been done, he would confirm the Order.

In the spring of 1216, Dominic and the friars chose the Rule of St. Augustine and framed statutes to supplement it. These became the first half of the permanent Constitutions of the Order. Adapted from the Constitutions of Premontre, they regulated the religious life of the friars. Nothing was legislated until four years later to govern the Order's apostolate. Dominic wisely waited to learn from experience what laws and organization would best suit a preaching Order. In October, the friars added to the property of St. Romanus' church and began to build "a cloister with cells above it suitable for study and sleeping." Returning to Rome, Dominic "obtained to the fullest extent both the confirmation of his Order as he conceived it as well as the other things he desired."

On December 22, 1216, Honorius III (Innocent had died in July) granted a bull of confirmation, approving the Order as a body of Canons Regular. A second bull, issued on January 21, 1217, recognized the newness of Dominic's ideas and approved his foundation as "an Order that would be called and would be an Order of Preachers." Honorius addressed its members as "Christ's unconquered athletes, armed with the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. Fearing not those who can kill the body, you valiantly thrust the word of God which is keener than any two-edged sword, against the foes of the faith."

The rest of Dominic's life was spent either in Rome, where he was given the Church of San Sisto, or travelling. In 1218-19 he made a great tour (3,380 miles entirely on foot) from Rome to Toulouse and Spain and back, via Paris and Milano, and in 1220 a tour of Lombardy. Everywhere his communities were growing, and he planned many new foundations covering the key points of France and northern Italy. In Rome the pope gave him the delicate task of reforming various groups of nuns, whom he finally gathered at San Sisto in 1221, when the men moved to Santa Sabina, which is still the residence of the master general of the order.

At Pentecost in 1220 the first general chapter of the order was held at Bologna, and a system of democratic representative government was devised. At the second general chapter, held on Pentecost in 1221, also at Bologna, the order was divided geographically into provinces. Dominic filled the last six weeks of his life, following the second general chapter, with intense preaching throughout Lombardy. When he returned to Bologna at the end of July, he was burning with fever. He died on the feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 1221.Gregory IX canonized him on July 3, 1234, comparing him as he did so to the apostles and to the great founders, Benedict, Bernard, Francis. His flame has never gone out.

Source: William, A. Hinnebusch, O.P.: The Dominicans, a short history. 1975.



There is not a really picture of Saint Dominic. All the paintings et cetera are symbolic, without the white habit, black cloak and capuchon.

As founder of an Order Dominic carries a book and as a holy man a lily. 





Niccoló Circignano




Madonna of the Rosary (Dominic receives the rosary),
 by Niccoló Circignano (il Pomarancio il Vecchio) +1597.

Preserved in the parish church of Saint John the Baptist in Pomarancio, Italy.


                                                                    Italy 1997, Mi 2521, Sc 2164.

Postmark Pomarancio 18.07.1997.


Claudio Coello


Dominic de Guzmán by Claudio Coello (02.03.1642-20.04.1693),
Spanish painter.

Prado Museum, Madrid.


Sierra Leone 2000, Mi 3687, Sc 2342 e.




Antonio Correggio



Antonio Correggio. (08.1494-05.03.1534).
The mystic marriage of St. Catherine with Saints Francis
and Dominic with lilly.
National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Cambodia  1984, Mi 622, Sc 542, sh 547.

The same painting issued by: Laos 1984, Mi 758, Sc 569.

Vietnam 1984, Mi Bl 31, Sc --





Grazio Cossoli


This stamp, dedicated to the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Pius V,
is inspired by the altarpiece by Grazio Cossoli (1597), which is placed
 in the Chapel of the Rosary, located in Santa Croce di Bosco Marengo,
in the Province of Alessandria, Italy.

The altarpiece, painted to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Lepanto (07.10.1571), shows Our Lady of the Rosary between St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena, venerated by Cardinal Bonelli and St. Pius V, as well
as by Philip II and Doge Mocenigo.

Vatican City 2004, Mi 1483, Sc     



Albrecht Dürer



Albrecht Dürer completed his great altarpiece The Feast of the Rose Garlands for the funeral chapel of the Germans in the church of St. Bartholomew in Venice in 1506.
The Child gives a
garland of roses to Pope Julius II. The Madonna gives a garland  to the Emperor Maximilian. Dominic, in Mary’s name, to clergymen  and civil authorities. The painting is now preserved in the Narodni Galerie at Prague.




                                   Czechoslovakia 1989, Mi Bl 92, Sc 2743.


Dürer's painting, or details, are many times reproduced on stamps.

Aitutaki 1986, Mi 596, Sc 404d: The Virgin with Child.
Chad 1984, Mi B; 215, Sc 510: central part with Saint Dominic.

Czechoslovakia 1968, Mi 1805, Sc 1555:the entire  painting. Czechoslovakia 1971, Mi 2036, Sc 1781: detail without Dominic. Fujeira 1971, Mi 665, Sc --:central part without Domini:

Grenada 1001, Mi 2378, Sc2029:  the Child. Germany 1961/64, Mi 350, Sc 827: head of Dürer. West Berlin 1961, Mi 202, Sc JN179:head of Dürer.
Nicaragua 1978, Mi l 109, Sc C953: central part with

Niger 1979, Michel Bl 22; Sc 486: the whole painting.

Niue 1978, Mi Bl 8,9; Sc 232: central part with Dominic.

Niue 1987, Mi 731, Bl 111,112; Sc 550:central part
with Dominic.Paraguay 1987, Mi 4172, C704: central part without Dominic.
Sierra Leone 1991, Mi --, Sc 1437: The Virgin and central part.




Fra Angelico




EM 29: Madonna della Stella,
(84x51 cm, 1434). Three Dominicans: at the left Peter of Verona; in the middle Saint Dominic
and on the right Saint Thomas

Gambia 1991, Mi 1290, Sc 1168.


EM 31: The coronation of the Virgin, before 1434.
Tempera on panel, 69
x 37 cm. Central part.  

Museo di San Marco, Florence.


Gambia 1991, Mi Bl 137, Sc 1170.








EM 33: The coronation of the Virgin.
Tempera on panel, 213x211 cm., 1434-1435.
Preserved in Musée du Louvre, Paris, named Pala du Louvre.

'The altarpiece designed by Fra Angelico for the church of San Domenico in Fiesole shows the coronation of the Virgin surrounded by music making Angels and Saints in gorgeous raiment decorated with gold, kneeling below on a tiled floor. Coloured marble steps lead to the Gothic throne on which more saints are standing ,seen from below.
The Virgin is kneeling humbly to receive the crown from Christ.'
Bartz, o.c. p. 54.


On the predella events (legends) of the life of Saint Dominic. These are to see in the item of Dominic, the legends.




EM 34: The coronation of the Virgin.
on panel, 112 x 114 cm., ca. 1434/1435.

Many Dominican Saints: Dominic and
one unknown
Dominican to the left;
Peter Martyr, Catherine of Siena
to the right.
Galleria degli Uffici, Florence.


                              Grenada 1997, Mi Bl 480 ; Sc 2732.

Also Dominica 1996, Mi Bl 318, Sc







EM 53: Lamentation over the Dead Christ, 1436-1441.
Tempera on panel, 105 x 164 cm.
Museo di San Marco,
To the left Saint Dominic and to the right blessed Villana
de' Botti.

Palestinian Authority 2001, Mi 175, Sc 142.

Antigua and Barbuda 1992, Mi 1625, 1626; Sc 1557, 1558.

Idem with overprint Barbuda Mail: Barbuda 1992, Mi 1381,1382,
1280, 1281.




EM 60 A: Pala di San Marco (San Marco Altarpiece). Tempera on panel, 220 x 227 cm., ca. 1439-1442.
On this panel the patron saint of Cosimo de'Medici:

Cosmas and Damian (at the foot of the Virgin), his brother's namesake, Lorenzo, and saint Mark, the patron saint of the church (on the left).
On the right St. Dominic, St. Francis and  St. Peter Martyr.

Preserved in the Museo di San Marco, Florence.


Central African Republic 1981, Mi Bl 155; Sc C262B.

On this block the painting without the predella.

The same painting
, but only the right hand side:
Antigua and Barbuda 1991, Mi 1589, Bl 220; Sc




EM 77: Transfiguration of Christ.

Fresco 179 x 148 cm., ca. 1441. To the right S. Dominic.

Museo di San Marco, cell 6, Florence.


Equatorial Guinea 1974, Mi 347, Sc 7433.







 EM 78: The mockery of Christ.

 Fresco 187 x 151 cm.,(detail), ca. 1441, in the 7th cell
 of the first dormitory of the Museo di San Marco 


 Vatican City 1971, Mi 587, Sc 510.


France 1998, Corbara, Postmark 08.08.1998.





EM 101: The Crucifixion. Fresco 550 x 950 cm., 1441/1442. Dominic, right.

Museo di San Marco, Chapter Room, Florence.


Nicaragua 1968, Mi 1479, Sc C649.  With overprint Mi 1485, Sc C655.




Carlos Victor Francesco

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary with Saint Dominic by
the Philippine artist Carlos Victor Francesco (1913).


Philippines 1984, Mi 1584, Sc 1690.



Domenico Ghirlandaio


Painting by the Italian painter Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-11.01.1494),
221 x 198 cm, for the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, 1486-1490.

The entire painting, - triptych -, is moved in 1804 and the middle part
was sold by the King Luis I of Beieren in 1816. On this painting
on the left St. Dominic with a book and the text: Disciplinam et
sapientam docuit eis beatus Dominicus. Saint Dominic teached them order and wisdom. The painting is now preserved in the Alte Pinakothek in München.


Manama 1972, Mi 1225.


The Virgin on the Throne with Child and Saints, by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494).Tempera on panel 158 x 197 cm,

Dominic kneels to the Virgin.
Thomas Aquinas with the book. Galleria degli Uffici, Florence.


Uganda 1996, Mi Bl 267, Sc 1455.



El Greco
Domenicos Theotokopoulos


Dominic by Domenicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco 1541-1614),
preserved in the sacristy of the cathedral of Toledo.


Vatican City 1971, Mi 589, Sc 512.






Filippino Lippi

Virgin and Child with Saint Jerome and Saint Dominic by Filippino Lippi (1447-18.04.1504), tempera on panel (203 x 86 cm), painted in 1486 for the chapel of St. Jerome of the Family Rucellai in the church San Pancrazio, Florence.
The painting is preserved in the National Gallery in London since 1867


                                      Grenadines of St.Vincent 1992, Mi 956, Sc 938.

Central part of the painting:
Anquilla 1973, Mi 181, Bl 3; Sc 182, sh 186 a.
Bahamas 1976, Mi 406, Sc 394.

Cook Islands 19
69, Mi 232, Bl Mi 5; Sc 268.
Penrhyn 1982, Mi Bl 3, Sc 209;
Penrhyn 1994, Mi 569, Sc 442c.
Togo 1988, Mi 2099, Sc 1484. Trinidad and Tobago 1971, Mi 288, Sc 205.

Painting by Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-09.10.1469):
Madonna dell' Umilità con angeli e santi carmelitani;  too  t
he Madonna of Humility.
In early time it belongs to the collection of Trivulzio, now preserved in the Museo Castello Sforzesco. Milano, and too named the Trivulzio Madonna, after the name of the previous owner.

Probably painted (oil on panel, 85x168 cm.), when Fra Lippi was living in the monastery Santa Maria del Carmine, ca 1431, and destined for the altar of the Carmelite Saints Angelo and Alberto around the Virgin.  But probably there are two figures from the Dominican history at the right. One had a cleaver in his head and that is the symbol of the Dominican Peter Martyr of Verona. Near him a Saint with lily on his shoulder, like Saint Dominic, but both with a white (Carmelite) cloak!
Is that for the colour on the painting or a sign of the celestial situation?

Tempera on panel in form of a timpano, 85x168cm.
Preserved in the Museo del Castello Sforzesco, Milano,
since 1934.


Sierra Leone 2001 (Christmas) , Mi-- , Sc –





Giovanni M. Morandi


CCatherine of Siena accepts the Child Jesus. Dominic receives the lily.
by Giovanni, M. Morandi (1622-1717). The reproduction
gives only the hands of St. Dominic, and is the mirror image.

Preserved in the Dominican priory Santa Sabina, Rome, the see
of the Master of the Dominican Order

Grenada 1975, Mi 720, Sc 68


Filippo Naldini


Our Lady of the Rosary with Dominic and Catherine of Siena,
painting by Filippo Naldini (+ 1782) in the church of Sts. Peter
and Callistus in Civitella  d’ Agliano (Viterbo).


Entire painting framed on three sides by the mysteries
of the ro
sary, i.e. illustrations of thirteen events of the
life of Christ narrated in the Gospels: annunciation, birth and
childhood (left); passion und death (right). resurrection
 ascension and Pentecost ; and two vignettes of the dormition
and glorification of Mary (top).


Serafini, Augustine, H. inThe Coros Chronicle,
December 2001, number 320, p. 166-167.


Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 15.10.2001, sheet nr 160.                           



Bartolommeo della Porta


Dominic after the mural of Bartolommeo della Porta, O.P. (28.03.1472-06.10.1517) without his hand and some others details.


Spain 1965, Mi 1533, Sc 1295.




Peter Paul Rubens


The Madonna adored by four penitents and Saints (Dominic,
Francis of Assisi) by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).

Oil on canvas, 257 x 202 cm, 1616/1617.
Preserved in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kassel.

This painting is completed by Anthony van Dyck.


Paraguay 1982, Mi Bl 379, Sc C517.





José Maria Sert y Badía

Christ gives the  monastic rules to Saint Dominic. 
Mural by José Maria Sert y Badia (21.12.1874-27.11.1945)
for the cathedral at Vich. The mural is destroyed during the
Spanish Civil War in 1936.

Spain 1966, Mi 1601, Sc 1339.



Michel Sittow

The Virgin of the Catholic Monarchs, ca. 1493, 123 x 112 cm.
On the right Saint Dominic with lily. Detail of the panel. As painter
is named Michel Sittow (Zittoz), 1469-24.12.1525 from Reval (Tallin),
pupil of Hans Memling and appointed court painter of the Catholic Kings
from 1492 till 1504.                    
                                                                   Grenada 2000, Mi 457, Sc 3001, c.



Other sources, - Internet Web Gallery -,  assign as painter an unknown
follower of the Spanish painter Fernando Gallego (ca 1440-ca 1507).
Preserved in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Guyana 1987, Mi 1830, Sc 1789.
Also Vatican City 1992, Mi 1053, Sc 900.



Giovanni Battista Tiepolo


Madonna with six Saints. painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
05.03.1696-27.03.1770), Oil on canvas 72,8 x 56 cm., 1755/1756.

To the left Dominic and Catherine of Siena.

Szépmüvészeti Muzeum. Budapest.


Hungary 1984, Mi 3660, Bl 170; Sc 2839.





Tiziano Vecellio

Dominic de Guzmán by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio, (1488/1490-

27.08.1576), 1568, oil on canvas, 92 x 78 cm.

Preserved in the Galleria Borghese, Rome.


                                                                      Lesotho 1988, Mi 746, Sc 689.

Not the whole painting: Vatican City 1971, Mi 588, Sc 511.
Only Dominics' head on Italy 1923, Mi 162, Sc 144,

 With overprint Italian-Cyrenaica,1923, Mi 2, Sc 2.Italian-Eritrea, Mi 65,
Sc 66.Italian-Somalia, Mi 48, Sc 52
. Italian-Tripoli, Mi 15, Sc 2.




Bartolomeo Vivarini


Madonna and Child enthroned, surrounded by Saints by Bartolomeo
Vivarini (ca. 1412- ca. 1499), painted in 1465.

Saint Dominic in the corner on the left, Saint Peter Martyr, right.

Preserved in the Galeria Nazionale, Neapel.


Cook Island 1990, Mi Bl 197, Sc 1046.




 Rogier van der Weyden


Roger van der Weyden (1399/1400-18.06.1464): Pieta.
Tempera on panel 35x44 cm.
Dominic on the right,
Hieronymus at the left.

National Gallery of London. Jerome and ? Dominic.


Cook Islands 1978, Mi Block 79, Sc 483.

The same painting on Rwanda 1975. Mi Block 52; Sc 626 without the heads of the Saints!







The Virgin of the Rosary with Dominic with crown by an unknown artist
of the Quito School, 18th century.


Ecuador 1972, Mi 1555, Sc C495.






The Virgin of the Rosary with Saint Dominic.

Painting by an unknown artist in Panama.


Panama 1988, Mi 1682, Sc 754.







The Virgin with Child, Dominic with book and lily and Peter Martyr.
Painting by unknown artist
of the Italian School, 16th century. Gemälde Galery of Lemberg.


Ukraine 1998. Mi Bl 11,  Sc 306.           






Saint Dominic on the stained-glass window (1962),
design by Lejeune, produced by R.Legrand.
in the church Notre Dame du Rosaire in Saint
Peter's Port, Guernsey. On the stamp only Saint Dominic.

                                       Guernsey 1973, Mi 86, Sc 88.



Haut-relief 1654 on the front of the Capilla del Rosario, Bogotá,

with Maria, Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Thomas Aquinas and
of Torres, O.P. or Pius V, by unknown artist.


Colombia 1938, Mi 390, Sc 458.


The same relief:


  Colombia 1954, Mi 712, Sc C 261.



                     Colombia 1959, Mi 847, Sc C316.




The Virgin of the Rosary and Dominic.
Bas-relief  by Maniglier in the front of the main portal
of the Cathedral of Lourdes.

Monaco 1958, Mi 601, Sc C31.





  Dominic, sculpture by an unknown artist from the School

of Quito, 17th century.


Ecuador 1972, Mi 1560, Sc C496.





Statue of Saint Dominic in the Saint John
Cathedral at 's-Hertogenbosch by A. van der Geld, 1919.


Netherlands 1985, Mi 1269, Sc B614.



Dominic on the façade 1670, of the basilica minor ad S.  Maria Rotunda
of the Dominican
priory at Vienna.


Austria 1966, Mi 1202, Sc 757.




Over the Vltava River (Moldau) in Prague, Szech Republic,  is built by order of Emperor Charles IV the Carlsbridge by Peter Parler (1330-13.7.1399); first stone, 9.7.1367. On this bridge the statue of the Madonna with Child on the globe, Dominic with cross and Thomas Aquinas with a book. This statue is made by Matteus Wenzel Jäckel (1655-1738) in 1708, as a gift of the Dominicans of the St. Aegid-priory in Prague.

The authentic group is replaced by a copy in 1961.




There are many stamps of the Carlsbridge, but it is difficult to clearly see the named group.


Czechoslovakia 1957, Mi 1004, Sc 787.







Postmark at the celebration of the 760-years of the Dominican priory
at Vienna
The graphica Lucie Büchheim created this postmark
after the initial from the Heumer-missal 1477 in the library of the priory.
Dominic presented with a travelling staff and
in the background a city
with church.


Austria 1986. Postmark Vienna 5.10.1986.




Fra Angelico. EM 78: The mockery of Christ. Ffresco 187 x 151 cm.,
. 1441. Museo di San Marco, cell 7, Florence. Detail.


France 1998. Postmark Corbara 08.08.1998.

Postmark with Dominic’s portrait by Fra Angelico,





Bas-relief of the sculptor Manilier above the main entrance of the Basilica Notre Dâme du Rosaire in Lourdes. Dominic receives the rosary.


France 2001. Postmark Lourdes, 4.11.2001.           







Maria gives the Rosary to Dominic in the church of the
ey of Osterhofen, Germany.

Statue by Egid-Quirin Asam (01.09.1692-29.04. 1750).


Germany 1983. Postmark Osterhofen 26.08.1983.





St. Dominic with book and dog.


Italy 2003. Postmark Marina di Camerota 04.08.2003.







Dominic, Spanish Domingo, is the patron of the city Sto. Domingo
in the province Albay, Philippines.


Philippines. Postmark Sto Domingo 14.02.1994.



Dominic, Spanish Domingo, is the patron of the city Sao Domingo
in the province Nueva Ecija, Philippines.


Philippines 1994. Postmark Sto.Domingo 17.02.1994.





Madonna, Child and Dominic
by A.Dürer.

Poland 1994. Postmark Lodz 24.12.1994.




is celebrated f
rom of old around the feast day of Saint Dominic, 4, now 8 August.

Search: Europe Poland Gdansk saint Dominic's run.




The fort San Domingo in Tamsui.


Republic of China 1985, Mi 1637, Sc 2478.







There are many chapels, churches, colleges, monasteries and priories dedicated to Saint Dominic. Among others:


Italy Fabriano priory of Saint Dominic
Italy Gubbio church of Saint Dominic

Italy Noto church of Saint Dominic 

Italy Rieti church of-Saint Dominic

Peru Lima priory and church of Saint Dominic

Poland Plocka, church of Saint Dominic

Spain Mieres college of Saint Dominic 


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