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Guimarães Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by antonio martins
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Guimarães municipality
image by André Serranho, 31 Jul 1999
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a background gyronny (meaning city rank) of white and green. The arms are or, the Virgin Mary holding Jesus propper, both crowned or (no nimbus), above a wreath of olive bounded argent, and between two escuteons in chief, azure, eleven bezants argent placed 3+2+3+2+1 (“quina” — the eschuteons are like those found on the poruguese royal arms of 1185-1211, a period during which, Guimarães Castle was the usual residence of the Kings of Portugal). Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE GUIMARÃES".
António Martins, 31 Jul 1999

Presentation of Guimarães

Guimarães municipality had 160 710 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 73 communes, covering 258 km2. It belongs to the District of Braga and to the old province of Minho.
António Martins, 31 Jul 1999

Guimaraes was our first capital city back in the XII century, when Lisbon was still under arab rule. I think its downtown is protected by the UNESCO. The football team has seen better days, though.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jan 1999

Commune flags

São Torcato Commune

São Torcato commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 09 Dec 1999