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Matriz Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Matriz, Concelho de Horta, Açores

Last modified: 2018-07-18 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Matriz (Horta) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 17 July 2018
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Or with base wavy of Vert and Argent, a hooded cape (Port.: capote) Sable, in chief a pair of scales Azure at dexter and an open book Argent bound Gules at sinister. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "HORTA - MATRIZ".
The cape is a typical traditional piece of clothing in Horta. The book is referring to cultural activities and institutions in the commune. The scales are alluding to commerce, the main local business line. The base wavy with its green waves is representing the Atlantic.
Source: this webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 24 January 2002
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2018

Presentation of Matriz

Matriz Commune is one of the 13 communes of Horta Municipality and one of the urban communes (boroughs) of Horta city; it had 2562 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 1.6 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2018

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