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Faro Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Faro, Distrito de Faro

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[Faro municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 8 May 2007
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a gyronny background (city rank) of red and white. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série on 12 May 1987 (this is the latest legal regulation of the flag and arms; both have been in use since much earlier).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Dec 2006

I’ve known these arms and flag all my life [long before 1987], but I have no data on adoption date. I guess it’s something that emerged in the 1930’s, like so many other portuguese municipal symbols.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Dec 2006

Coat of arms

[Faro municipality CoA] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 13 Dec 2006

The arms are Azure issuant from a wavy base Vert charged with three wavy fesslets a two-towered castle Argent masoned sable charged on each tower with an escutcheon Azure five plates and between the towers the Virgin Mary clad Argent, manteled Azure and nimbed Or standing on a cescent Argent and in dexter canton an estoile Or. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE FARO".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Dec 2006

Version without the coat of arms

[Faro municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Faro municipality has a gyronny flag, usual for Portuguese municipal flags seated in a city. This photo, taken last year, shows as atop of local lagoonside Hotel Eva, along with national, European Union, guests countries’ (Britain adequately visible on the photo) and hotel company flags, there was the Faro municipal flag, but without the arms. Although the relevant law allows bicolour flags to be coat-of-arms-less, that practice is either very common or not at all in any given municipality, reflecting deepset habits of local authorities and flag manufactors and retailers. Faro is reportedly one of the latter, the sight of an armless flag being worth of a snapshot: This flag was hoisted upside-down, which is another possible reason for any reluctance using these coat-of-arms-less flags.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Dec 2006

Presentation of Faro

Faro municipality, in the southernmost tip of mainland Portugal, had 58 305 inhabitants in 2000, and it is divided in 6 communes, covering 201,6 km². It is part of Faro District, traditional province, 1999 ref. adm. region, current C.C.R. / NUTS II, and NUTS III Algarve.
António Martins, 11 Dec 2006 and 12 Dec 2006

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