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Angra do Heroísmo Municipality (Portugal)

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[Angra do Heroísmo municipality]
by Jorge Candeias, 12 Jul 1999
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About the flag

The flag is a red over yellow gyronny with coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms has a 5-towered mural crown, a silver shield charged in chef with a yellow hawk holding a quina in it’s claws, three wavy stripes of green-silver-green below and in the center a red castle with white door and windows, the collar of the Order of Tower and Sword and a white scroll reading "CIDADE DE ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO" in black letters.
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

The meaning of the various charges of the coat of arms is probably: the hawk and quina stand for the Azores (these charges appear in nearly all the azorean municipal coats of arms), the green waves stand for the sea, since this town is a sea harbor (like all the other azorean heads of municipality), and the castle must represent the city’s fortifications and history, since this city was the beginning of the liberal revolution in the XIX century that after a civil war conquered the power from the supporters of D. Miguel, an absolutist king, and that caused the adoption of the blue-white flag in Portugal.
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

Version without the coat of arms

[Angra do Heroísmo plain flag]
by Jorge Candeias, 12 Jul 1999

Gyronny of red and yellow.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Jul 1999

Presentation of Angra do Heroísmo

Angra do Heroísmo (that could be translated as "bay of heroes"), is an azorean city, capital of the island Terceira. It used to be the head of the district of Angra do Heroísmo, before the Azores became an Autonomous Region and the azorean districts where supressed. The municipality has 237,5 sq. km and over 35 500 inhabitants in 19 communes. It’s economy is varied, with tourism, services, agriculture and food industries as the main activities.
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

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