This page is part of © FOTW Flags Of The World website

Porto Formoso Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Porto Formoso, Concelho de Ribeira Grande, Açores

Last modified: 2018-05-05 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: porto formoso | base(wavy) | fish | fortress | corn(cob) |
Links: FOTW homepage | search | disclaimer and copyright | write us | mirrors

[Porto Formoso commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 May 2018
See also:

About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 May 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Azure with base wavy of Argent and Vert, charged with a fish Gules; an impending fortress Argent with an embattled wall and two turrets, masoned sable with port and windows Gules; in chief a corn cob Or, leafed Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "PORTO FORMOSO".
The commune's name means "fair haven" or "beautiful port". The base wavy is referring to the location on the shores of the Atlantic. The fish is symbolising fishery, the corn cob agriculture. The fortress is representing Forte de Nossa Senhora da Graça (fortress of Our Lady of Grace), sheltering the Bay of Porto Formoso.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 May 2018

Flag and arms proposed by the Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP) on 6 June 2006
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 May 2018

Presentation of Porto Formoso

Porto Formoso Commune is one of the 14 communes of Ribeira Grande Municipality; it had 1265 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 11.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 May 2018

back to Ribeira Grande Communes click here