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Vila Flor Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Vila Flor, Distrito de Bragança

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[Vila Flor municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta,
See also: External links:
  • Page about Vila Flor at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001

About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a quartered yellow and purple field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 Aug 2007

Coat of arms

[Vila Flor municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 8 Aug 2007

The arms are Vert an a fleur de lis Or emphasized Purpure. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA FLOR"
"Vila flor" means "flower town" in Portuguese; it is almost a compound noun, such as "Flowertown", which makes these arms canting.
For what reason is it emphasized Purpure, you may ask: Why?, to ruin a simple and adequate blazon, uniquely so in Portuguese local heraldry! (Unless it was to avoid unintended usurpation…)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 Aug 2007

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : I Série in 1935.04.27.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 Aug 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

[Vila Flor municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Vila Flor

Vila Flor municipality had 7913 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 14 communes covering 265,52 km². It is part of Bragança District, traditional Bragança District, traditional province and 1999 ref. adm. region Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Douro.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 Aug 2007

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