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Ponta do Sol Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho da Ponta do Sol, Madeira

Last modified: 2014-08-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[ municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 29 May 1999
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About the Flag

The flag is quartered, white and blue; in the center, the coat of arms.

António Martins-Tuválkin,

Coat of arms


"Ponta do Sol" means "Sun’s Cape" so here we have some canting heraldry: These are: azure, a Sun argent (!) with mouth gules and other human features lined sable, and with 16 short rays or, alternating straight and wavy rays, the first pointing in the main compass directions. Mural crown argent with four apparent towers (town rank) and white scroll reading "VILA DE PONTA DO SOL" in black upper case letters. Variants show only "PONTA DO SOL" on the scroll.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 May 1999

Variation with 5 towers

Ponta do Sol 5 towers image by António Martins, 29 May 1999

Maybe due to an error, this coat of arms is often found with five towers instead of four, as indicating a city status that the municipality seat never had (curiously, the flag never shows gyronny, which would also indicate a putative city status, that’s why I say it is an error).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 May 1999

Variation with golden sun

Ponta do Sol golden image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Mar 2012

It is a flag quarterly divided into white and blue. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag with a golden (=yellow) sun with face and grey beams in a blue field. The flag was spotted in the local town hall on 16 February 2012.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Mar 2012

Presentation of Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol Municipality, with 43 km². divided in 3 communes, is one of the 11 municipalities of Madeira Aut. Reg., and there live 8780 inhabitants (1992 data).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 29 May 1999

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