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Capela do Alto, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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The municipality of Capela do Alto (17,533 inhabitants in 2010; 16,998 ha) is located 110 km of São Paulo.

Capela do Alto means "a chapel on the height", a name coined by the inhabitants of the banks of river Sarapuí, who "went to the chapel on the height", the chapel being also known as the Santa Cruz chapel. The origin of the chapel is disputed; some say it is linked to evangelization of the region by the Jesuits, while other claim that three crosses were originally erected on the site to commemorate a triple murder. Later on, the monk João Maria de Augustini erected another 11 crosses; the 14 crosses were used in 1960 as the Way of the Cross during Lent. The district of Capela do Alto was established in 1950. The municipality of Capela de Alto was inaugurated on 26 March 1965. - Website of the Municipal Council

The flag of Capela do Alto is white with the municipal coat of arms and, seemingly, some green-yellow addition in upper hoist.


The coat of arms of Capela do Alto is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 38 of 10 February 1966 as "A Portuguese shield, per fess, 1. Azure a mound sable ensigned by a rising sun or, 2. Argent, a chapel gules. The shield surmounted by a mural crown or masoned sable. The shield supported dexter by a branch of orange tree and sinister by a plant of maize the two proper. Beneath the shield a scroll gules inscribed with the motto 'UNITAS ET FIDES' in letters argent."

The Portuguese shield, traditionally used in Brazil, recalls the Lusitanian tradition. Azure recalls the limpid and marvellous sky over Capela do Alto. The mount represents the Ipanema Hill dominating the town. The rising sun is a symbol of joy and aspiration to progress for the emerging municipality. Argent represents the alleged silver loads of the Ipanema Hill, which attracted so many foreigners in the region, to no avail. The chapel recalls the origin of the town of Capela do Alto, founded on the territory of Itarassú. Orange and maize are the main sources of income for the municipality. The mural crown is a symbol of municipal emancipation. The Latin motto reads 'Unity and Faith".
Ivan Sache, 23 March 2013