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Vieira do Minho Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-01-21 by antonio martins
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Vieira do Minho municipality
image by António Martins, 22 Aug 1999
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About the flag

It is an atypical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a background gyronny of black and yellow that would usually imply a city status, but yet this is a town. The coat of arms is argent, three grenates open gules lined or and leaved vert, surrownded by two ears of corn of the same, all bounded by a ribbon gules; chief or three scallop shells argent lined sable; campaign azure, a wavy fess argent. Correct mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE VIEIRA DO MINHO".
António Martins, 22 Aug 1999

This one of those intersting cases where a town (vila) uses a gyronny background flag, instead of quartered: Gyronny, along with the five tower crown, is the mark of city (cidade) status of the municipality seat
António Martins, 24 Jun 1999

The arms are canting as "vieira" means "scallop shell" and the wavy fess refers to the river Minho ("do" means "of the").
António Martins, 26 Aug 2001

Presentation of Vieira do Minho

Vieira do Minho municipality had 15 540 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 21 communes, covering 219 km2. It belongs to the Braga District and to the old province of Minho.
António Martins, 22 Aug 1999