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Ponta do Sol Municipality (Portugal)

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Ponta do Sol municipality
image by António Martins, 29 May 1999
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About the flag

"Ponta do Sol" means "Sun’s Cape" so here we have some canting helraldry: The flag is quartered, white and blue; in the center, the coat of arms. These are: azure, a Sun argent (!) with mouth gules and other human features lined sable, and with 16 short rays or, alternating straight and wavy rays, the first pointing in the main compass directions. Mural crown argent with four apparent towers (town rank) and white scroll reading "VILA DE PONTA DO SOL" in black upper case letters. (Some variants show only "PONTA DO SOL" on the scroll.)
António Martins, 29 May 1999

Variation with 5 castles

Ponta do Sol 5 castle flag
image by António Martins, 29 May 1999

Maybe due to an error, this coat of arms is often found with five towers instead of four, as indicating a city status that the municipality seat never had (curiously, the flag never shows gyronny, which would also indicate a putative city status, that’s why I say it is an error).
António Martins, 29 May 1999

Presentation of Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol Municipality, with 43 km2 divided in 3 communes, is one of the 11 municipalities of Madeira Aut. Reg., and there live 8780 inhabitants (1992 data).
António Martins, 29 May 1999