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São Gonçalo de Lagos Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de São Gonçalo de Lagos, Concelho de Lagos, Distrito de Faro

Last modified: 2017-03-16 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: s.goncalo de lagos | lagos(freguesia) | s.sebastiao(lagos) | sta.maria(lagos) | fleur-de-lis(blue) | dragon eagle | bar(wavy) | tuna | arrows(3) | coronet | base(wavy) | canoe |
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[São Gonçalo de Lagos commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2017
See also: Lagos (São Sebastão e Santa Maria) United Commune (Portugal)

About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain dark blue field.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2017

Coat of arms

Shield Or, a bar wavy charged with four tunas Argent, in chief a fleur-de-lis Azure, in base two dragon eagles rampant respectant Gules. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "".
Meaning:
The commune's name giver Gonçalo, called Lucky Gonçalo, was born in 1360 in Lagos as son of a family of tuna fishermen, he became well known by the "miracle of the tunas", a barrel full of tunas, refilling itself, whenever the people took away some fish. The bar wavy charged with tunas is reminding on that miracle. The fleur-de-lis is reminding on Infant Dom Henrique and is taken from his personal arms. It is furthermore representing former Santa Maria commune. The dragon lions are presented in monuments in the city of Lagos and are taken from the arms of former São Sebastão commune.
Sources: here, here and here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2017

Flag and arms approved by the local council on 25 January 2016
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2017


Presentation of

Commune is one of the 14 communes of Caminha Municipality; it had 22 095 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 29.2 km². São Gonçalo de Lagos was officially established on 26 August 2015, when the former Lagos (São Sebastão e Santa Maria) commune had been renamed.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Mar 2017


Former São Sebastão commune (until 2013)

[São Sebastão (Lagos) commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 30 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, two dragon eagles affronty Argent, in chief a coronet Or surrounding a bundle of three arrows Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "S. SEBASTIÃO - LAGOS".
Meaning:
The arrows probably are attributes of St. Sebastian, the local patron saint and name giver.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 15 September 1993
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015


Presentation of São Sebastão

São Sebastão Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Lagos Municipality (q.v.); it had 14 049 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 19.8 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015


Former Santa Maria commune (until 2013)

[Santa Maria (Lagos) commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 30 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain green field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent with base wavy of Vert and Argent, an Algarvian canoe Sable masted of the same garnished Gules, in sinister chief a fleur-de-lis Azure. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "LAGOS - SANTA MARIA".
Meaning:
The base wavy is representing the Atlantic. The fleur-de-lis is an attribute of St. Mary, the commune's name giver (Patron saint is however São Gonçalo). The canoe was a typical vessel in the area.((The fleur-de-lis in those arms then probably isn't an attribute of St.Mary (the local patron saint had already been St. Gonšalo) )).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 13 July 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015


Presentation of Santa Maria

Santa Maria Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Lagos Municipality (q.v.); it had 8046 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 8.6 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Apr 2015


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