Brazilian Post issued on April 17th, 2009 two stamps dedicated to diplomatic relations with Thailand, reproducing singular aspects of the architecture and flora of these two countries. The “Thai stamp” depicts the Dusit Maha Prasat throne hall in Bangkok and a species of orchid called Rhynchostylis gigantean. The cruciform Dusit Maha Prasat building, built by Rama I in 1790, is one of the least altered and most elegant public buildings of the center court. Although it has been used as a residence and audience hall, its primary purpose which survives to this day is as the lying-in-state place for kings, queens and favored members of the royal family. The Rhynchostylis is also commonly called Foxtail Orchid (Orquídea Rabo de Raposa) and occurs in Thailand and other countries of Southeast.
The other stamp presents the catholic Cathedral of São Pedro de Alcântara, in Petrópolis and two native bromelias of Brazil: Aechmea distichantha and Vriesea ensiformis. Petrópolis (“City of Pedro”), also known as the” Imperial City of Brazil”, is a popular summer holiday spot where is located the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian Emperor, Pedro II. The cathedral is an 18th century French Neogothic building and was executed in stone masonry and granite ashlar. The interior Imperial Chapel adorned with Carrara marble works houses the tombstones of Emperor D. Pedro II and her wife Dona Teresa Cristina. The patron of the Cathedral is Saint Peter of Alcantara, worshiped as protector of monarchs and named by D. Pedro I patron of the Brazilian Empire.