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Faro Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-10-22 by antónio martins
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Faro municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 08 May 2007
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a gyronny background (city rank) of red and white. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série in 1987.05.12 (this is the latest legal regulation of the flag and arms; both have been in use since much earlier).
António Martins, 12 Dec 2006

I’ve known these arms and flag all my life [long before 1987], but I have no data on adoption date. I guess it’s something that emerged in the 1930’s, like so many other portuguese municipal symbols.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Dec 2006

Coat of arms

Faro municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 13 Dec 2006

The arms are azure issuant from a wavy counterchief vert charged with three wavy fesslets a two-towered castle argent masoned sable charged on each tower with an eacutcheon azure five plates and between the towers the Virgin Mary clad argent and manteled azure and nimbused or standing on a cescent argent and in dexter canton an estoile or. Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE FARO".
António Martins, 12 Dec 2006


Version without the coat of arms

Faro plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Faro municipality has a gyronny flag, usual for Portuguese municipal flags seated in a city. This photo, taken last year, shows as atop of local lagoonside Hotel Eva, along with national, European Union, guests countries’ (Britain adequately visible on the photo) and hotel company flags, there was the Faro municipal flag, but without the arms. Although the relevant law allows bicolor flags to be coat-of-arms-less, that practice is either very common or not at all in any given municipality, reflecting deepset habits of local authorities and flag manufactors and retailers. Faro is reportedly one of the latter, the sight of an armless flag being worth of a snapshot: This flag was hoisted upside-down, which is another possible reason for any reluctance using these coat-of-arms-less flags.
António Martins, 11 Dec 2006


Presentation of Faro

Faro municipality, in the southernmost tip of mainland Portugal, had 58 305 inhabitants in 2000, and it is divided in 6 communes, covering 201,6 km². It is part of Faro District, traditional province, 1999 ref. adm. region, current C.C.R. / NUTS II, and NUTS III Algarve.
António Martins, 11 Dec 2006 and 12 Dec 2006


Commune flags

Santa Bárbara de Nexe Commune

Santa Bárbara de Nexe commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 26 Nov 1999

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