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São Brás Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de São Brás, Concelho de Ribeira Grande, Açores

Last modified: 2018-05-05 by klaus-michael schneider
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[São Brás (Ribeira Grande) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 2 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 blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Argent with base wavy of Argent and Azure; issuant from base a mount Sable; in centre a mitre Gules, gemmed Or; in chief a goshawk volant proper (= maron) lined Sable, holding an inescutcheon Azure, charged with five plates in quincunx, in his claws. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "SÃO BRÁS - RIBEIRA GRANDE".
Goshawk, and quina, are local symbols of the Azores. The mitre probably is referring to St. Blaise, the local patron saint and name giver of the commune.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 5 August 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2018

Presentation of São Brás

São Brás Commune is one of the 14 communes of Ribeira Grande Municipality; it had 650 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 9.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2018

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