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Vila Franca do Campo Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Vila Franca do Campo, Açores

Last modified: 2014-11-15 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vila Franca do Campo municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999

Coat of arms

[Vila Franca do Campo municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Aug 1999

Shield Azure, issuant from the dexter an angel’s arm proper, winged Or and holding a scale of the same and a sword armed Argent pointed upwards, as if on a bordure, the words "QUIS SICUT DEUS?". Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO".
It should be noted that the Latin motto shows modern "U"s and not the usual "V"s. The meaning of the inscription is "Who is like God?" , in Hebrew simply "Michael". St. Michael is the local patron saint and sword and scales are his usual attributes.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Nov 2014

Flag and arms adopted and published in Diário do Governo : II Série on 12 May 1951
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999

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 Vila Franca do Campo

Vila Franca do Campo municipality had 11 150 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 5 communes, covering 78 km2. It belongs to the Autonomous Region of Açores, to the former Ponta Delgada District and to the old province of Açores.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999

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