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Fiães Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Fiães, Concelho de Santa Maria da Feira, Distrito de Aveiro

Last modified: 2016-04-20 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Fiães commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Apr 2016
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About the Flag

It is an atypical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny of eight of red and green. The colours of the flag are unusual, the should normally consist of one metal and one colour.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Apr 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Or, issuant from base shifted to the sinister side a mountain Tawny, crowned by an embattled mural wall Argent masoned Sable, emerging from port a creek Azure, at sinister above the wall St. Mary, robed Azure, standing on top of a crescent recumbent Argent, in dexter chief a scroll Argent charged with the words "ULFILANIS VILA". Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "FIÃES".
The name "Fiães" was derived from "Ulfilanis" (Ulfilanis - Ufilanis - Ufianis - Ufiães - Fiães). The scroll within shield refers to ãULFILANIS VILAã, which means ãtown of Wulfilasã. Wulfilas (311(?) - 383) was a West Gothic bishop from the tribe of T(h)ervings, who settled in the Lower Danubia Region in the 4th century. He died in 383. He was famous for his translation of the Holy Bible to the Gothic language and he thus also created a Gothic literary language. He owned a great estate in the territory of the nowadays town. St. Mary of Fiães is the local patron saint. Green and red are the Portuguese colours, in the gyronny pattern here obviously not considered to be national symbols.
Sources: this webpage and this webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Apr 2016

Presentation of Fiães

Fiães Commune is one of the 14 communes of Santa Maria da Feira Municipality; it had inhabitants in 2011 and covers  km². Fiães gained city rank on 19 April 2001.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Apr 2016

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