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Santo Espírito Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santo Espírito, Concelho de Vila do Porto, Açores

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[Santo Espírito commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Dec 2010
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a white and green quartered field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Dec 2010

Coat of arms

[Santo Espírito commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Dec 2010

The arms are Vert a Holy Ghost crown Argent trespassed by its sceptre Argent set in fess, in chief a goshawk Or holding an inescutcheon charged with five plates per saltire. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "SANTO ESPÍRITO".
"Santo Espírito" is an unusual way to refer to the Holy Ghost, usually named in Portuguese "Espírito Santo"; the arms reflect this by displaying a representation of the locally used crown of the "Emperors of the Holy Ghost". Please note that the crown, as unusual in Portuguese, does not stand for St. Mary, here the Virgin of Candelaria (also Our Lady of the Light and Our Lady of the Cleansing - this being the local apellation: Nossa Senhora da Purificação), the patron of the Catholic parish the commune was created from and is conterminous with.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Dec 2010

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 30 May 2003
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Dec 2010

Presentation of Santo Espírito

Santo Espírito Commune is one of the five communes of Vila do Porto Municipality (q.v.); it had 723 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 26,65 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Dec 2010

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