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Maia Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Maia, Concelho de Ribeira Grande, Açores

Last modified: 2018-05-05 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Maia (Ribeira Grande) commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 May 2018
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Source: communal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 May 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Purple; ordered per fess a watermill's wheel Or at dexter and a sailing ship Sable, rigged Argent, at sinister; in chief a Crown of the Holy Spirit Argent; in base two tea branches Or, blossomed Argent and in base crossed per saltire. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "MAIA - RIBEIRA GRANDE".
The crown is referring to the Holy Spirit, being the local patron saint. The millwheel is referring to the numerous local watermills, being an important business line in the past. The ship is referring to maritime activities, especially fishery. The branches are referring to local tea production.
Source: communal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 May 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: II Série on 20 December 2006
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 May 2018

Presentation of Maia

Maia Commune is one of the 14 communes of Ribeira Grande Municipality; it had 2000 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 22.0 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 May 2018

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