Saturday, 19 June 2010


Brazilian Post will issue on June 28, 2010 a commemorative stamp part of the Diplomatic Relations Series started in 2009: Brazil-Syria – History and Tourism.
On the left, the stamp displays features of the city of Rio de Janeiro, which are symbols of recreation for tourists and the local population. Centrally placed, in the foreground, there is the Guanabara Bay with the imposing Sugar Loaf Mountain and in the left corner, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Copacabana Sidewalk, with its exuberant wavy shapes designed with Portuguese stones and transformed into a beautiful mosaic, is on the lower right-hand side of the stamp. The left-hand corner contains partial images of the Copacabana Fort, an iconic building representing a rich past regarding political events, which was transformed in the 1980s into the headquarters of the Army History Museum.
On the right, the stamp portrays Syria and the rustic beauty of Maalula, an ancient mountainous city lying northeast of Damascus. In Maalula, the population still speaks Aramaic. The stamps are divided in the middle by a transversal band, featuring the Brazilian and Syrian flags and flowers ( Laelia purpurata orchid, the symbol of Brazil, and white jasmines, Jasminum grandiflorum, the symbol of Damascus) at the edges, to symbolize the links between the two countries.

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