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São Roque do Pico Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de São Roque do Pico, Açores

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[São Roque do Pico municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 31 Oct 2007
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain green field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Oct 2007

Coat of arms

[São Roque do Pico municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 31 Oct 2007

The arms are Argent two bunches of grapes Purpure leaved and stalked Vert and on a base wavy a sperm whale Sable emphasized Or, in chief a goshawk Proper holding an inescutcheon Azure charged with five discs Argent set in saltire. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "SÃO ROQUE DO PICO".
"São Roque do pico" means "St. Rochus of the peak", the latter for the municipality location; no hints of either in the arms, which refer to the local importance of wine and whaling and the local whaling museum. Green and silver waves refer to the sea.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Oct 2007

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : I Série on 1 June 1940
António Martins-Tuválkin, 31 Oct 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of São Roque do Pico

São Roque do Pico municipality had 3629 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of five communes covering 144,31 km², taking up the central-northeastern portion of Peak Island (Pico). It is part of Azores Region (also a NUTS II and traditional province), former Horta District.

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