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Barra do Rio Azul, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Barra de Rio Azul (1,933 inhabitants in 2016; 14,757 ha) is located 400 km north-west of Porto Alegre.

Barra de Rio Azul is named for the confluence ("barra") of Rio Azul (Blue River) with Rio Paloma (Dove River).
The place was first settled in 1914 by Italian colonists. Their descendants still constitute 65% of the population The district of Barra de Rio Azul was established within Erechim by Municipal Law No. 121 promulgated on 23 November 1951, and transferred to the newly established municipality of Aratiba by Municipal Law No. 2 promulgated on 2 January 1956.
The municipality of Barra de Rio Azul was established on 20 March 1992.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020


The flag of Barra do Rio Azul is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 60 promulgated on 4 October 1993.

Article 2.
The municipal flag shall be manufactured according to the descriptive memoir, in dimensions 0.90 m x 1.30 m.

Descriptive synthesis:[...] The differentiation in the colors of the two rivers is highlighted on the flag through two distinct colors, as it is in real. Looking from above, this forms the silhouette of a stylized human being; with the placement of the municipal coat of arms in this body, it unites the body and mind of the population. The coat of arms, which unites the two visuals, conveys the idea that Barra de Rio Azul was emancipated under the responsibility of all, everyone with his own rights and duties.
Leis Municipais database


The coat of arms of Barra do Rio Azul is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 2,560 promulgated on 11 May 1993.

Article 2.
The symbols have the following meaning:
a) Tower surmounting the flag - Represents sovereignty obtained through political and administrative emancipation.
b) Scroll featuring the writing "Barra de Rio Azul" and the emancipation date - Represents the official and legal existence and creation of the municipality.
c) On the shield, maize, bean, pigs and milk cows - Represent the main products of agriculture and cattle-breeding and the sources of income for the municipality.
d) Quarters in red, white and green colors - Represent the colors of the municipality's dominant ethnies.
e) Church - Represents the main historic monument in the municipality, highlighting courage, faith, confidence in the future [...]
f) In the shield's lower part, two rivers, with bridges. Trees, greenness, rocks on the river's banks, ravines in the river's beds - Represent, respectively:
- Green: the moist prodigious natural environment of the municipality that kept until know a lot of greenness and vegetation
- The rivers and their neighborhood represent the confluence of Rio Azul and Rio Palomas, the municipality's namesake, with waters represented in blue
- Stylized trees representing the forests of the region, mostly composed of araucarias.
- Rocks in the middle of the river
- Rocky ravines, representing the accidented regional topography.ão
Leis Municipais database
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2020