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Machico Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia do Machico, Concelho do Machico, Madeira

Last modified: 2018-07-24 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Machico municipality] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 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 yellow field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Azure with base wavy of Argent and Vert, a phoenix Or issuant from a flame of Gules and Or, in dexter chief an adze Argent, in sinister chief a wheat ear Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "FREGUESIA DE MACHICO".
The arms are based on the personal arms of Tristão Vaz Teixeira, nobleman in the house of Dom Henrique, founder of the local captaincy and its first captain. His arms displayed a golden phoenix, issuant from a golden flame. The wheat ear is referring to agriculture and the production of cereals in the valley of Machico. The adze is symbolising local ship construction and repair. The base wavy is symbolising the Atlantic.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

Flag and arms proposed by Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses(CHAAP), but no date given in source
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

Presentation of

Commune is one of the 14 communes of Caminha Municipality; it had inhabitants in 2011 and covers  km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

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