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Santa Cruz Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Santa Cruz, Madeira

Last modified: 2016-06-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Santa Cruz(Madeira) municipality] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012
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About the Flag

The ratio is 2:3. It is a white - green - gyronny flag. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: I spotted this flag on top of the town hall and on a square in Santa Cruz on 14 February 2012.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012

On 1996.08.02, Santa Cruz was upgraded to city status and both flag and CoA were dully updated: gyronny background and crown with five visible crowns (no changed in the CoA shield).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Nov 2006

Municipal Flag (1955 - 1996)

[Santa Cruz(Madeira) municipality] image by Sérgio Horta, 25 Nov 2006

The 1955-1996 flag was a quite typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a green and white quartered background town rank.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Nov 2006

Variants of former flag

[Santa Cruz(Madeira) quartered 5 towers#1]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012
[Santa Cruz(Madeira) quartered 5 towers#2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012
   

Both flag are quarterly divided (town rank) into green and silver with coat of arms is in the centre of the flag but having five vbisible towers in the mural crown (city rank). The metal silver was either realized as white (on top of police and court building) or as very light grey (in front of firebrigade station and administration building of Santo António da Serra (Sta.Cruz), both flags spotted on 14 February 2012. All quarterly divided flags I spotted in Santa Cruz had mural crowns with five towers.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012

Since the flag and the CoA are dealt with in the same law, these rank attributes always updated to reflect upgraded statuses simultaneously. Considering the law of 1996.08.02 which changed the towers from 4 to 5 and the background of the flag from quarterly to gyronny, this flag is illegal.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Mar 2012

Coat of arms

[Santa Cruz(Madeira) municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 25 Nov 2006

The coat of arms is vert a column argent on a basement with a Latin cross at its top between two vine leaves or in chief each charged with a bunch of grapes purpure each in turn charged with an inescutcheon azure charged with five plates. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "SANTA CRUZ".
António Martins-Tuválkin and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Mar 2012

Flag and coat arms adopted by law published in the official journal _Diário do Governo : II Série_ in 1955.07.20.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Nov 2006


Version without Coat of Arms

[Santa Cruz(Madeira) municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin,

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999


Presentation of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz municipality had 32 692 inhabitants in 2000, and it is divided in 5 communes, covering 68,0 km². It belongs to the autonomous region, traditional province and NUT1 Madeira.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Nov 2006


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