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São Pedro da Serra, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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São Pedro da Serra, RS (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 10 April 2012

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The municipality of São Pedro da Serra (3,612 inhabitants; 3,538 ha) is located 100 km north of Porto Alegre.

São Pedro da Serra was established in 1878 by the German immigrant Pedro Lisenfeld and further settled by, as Linha São Pedro, by second-generation colonists of German origin. The town developed in the beginning of the 20th century after the building of the Montenegro-Bento Gonçalves railway. The first masoned house in the town was erected in 1911 by the merchant Júlio Selbach.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2020


A vertical tricolour design, the hoist bar divided horizontally green-red-green the central bar white with the coat of arms, the fly bar horizontally divided blue-yellow-blue.
Dirk Schönberger, 10 April 2012

The format of the municipal coat of arms of the municipality of São Pedro da Serra is based on Portuguese heraldry, from which stems the heraldic principle adopted in Brazil, with a symbolism artistically elaborated with mystic and allegoric rigor in shapes and dimensions prescribed by usual heraldry; the colors technically obey the following codification.
- Or (gold) symbolizes force and wealth;
- Azure (blue) symbolizes beauty;
- Sable (black) symbolizes prudence;
- Argent (silver) represents history and nobleness;
- Gules (red) represents justice and honor;
- Vert represents the natural environment.

The coat of arms features a rising sun, representing novelty, dawn and birth of a new municipality. The region's topographical features are represented by purple mountains, while the fields and furrows represent agriculture, as a tribute to the early developers of the region. The Brazilian pines represent forests but also timber extraction, recalling that the future of the municipality shall be based on the present without forgetting the past.
The St. Peter church placed in the shield's center irradiates the community's religious feeling. The lions rampant represent the force and courage of the first immigrants, transmitted from one generation to the next. St. Peter's keys featured on the escutcheon represent the keys that connect the earth and the sky, uniting all the inhabitants of the municipality in the same religious principle.
Cattle-breeding is represented by three animals placed beneath the lions, a bovine, a hen and a pig.
The scroll represents protection. The supporters represent fruit and crop production, maize, fig, peach, khaki and kiwi.
The three-towered mural crown represents protection and the three powers, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, and a 3rd rank, as a town seat of a municipality.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2020