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Guimarães Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Guimarães, Distrito de Braga

Last modified: 2014-08-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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Guimarães municipality
image by André Serranho, 31 Jul 1999
See also: External links:
  • Municipal website | arms page: here is a text on and a picture of the municipal flag. The text is merely a description of the flag and coat of arms (in portuguese). However, the image is not accurate (the description is) because it is way too dark: the flag should be green and white gyronny.
    reported by Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 1998
  • Page about Guimarães at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001

About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a background gyronny (meaning city rank) of white and green.
António Martins, 31 July 1999

Coat of arms

[Guimarães municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 31 July 1999 The arms are or, the Virgin Mary holding Jesus proper, both crowned or (no nimbus), above a wreath of olive bounded argent, and between two inescutcheons in chief, azure, eleven bezants argent placed 3+2+3+2+1 (“quina” — the ineschutcheons are like those found on the Portuguese royal arms of 1185-1211, a period during which, Guimarães Castle was the usual residence of the Kings of Portugal). Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE GUIMARÃES".
António Martins, 31 July 1999

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Presentation of Guimarães

Guimarães municipality had 160 710 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 48 communes, covering 258 km2. It belongs to the District of Braga and to the old province of Minho.
António Martins, 31 July 1999

Guimarães was our first capital city back in the 12th century, when Lisbon was still under arab rule. I think its down town is protected by the UNESCO. The football team has seen better days, though. Jorge Candeias, 18 Jan 1999

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