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Aveiro Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Aveiro, Distrito de Aveiro

Last modified: 2014-10-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Aveiro municipality#1]
2:3 image by Antonio Martins-Tuválkin, 16 June 2006
[Aveiro municipality#2]
2:3 image by Antonio Martins-Tuválkin, 16 June 2006, modified by Klaus-Michael Schneider
[Aveiro municipality#3 small CoA]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2014

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About the flag

The flag is a gyronny of white over red with coat of arms in the centre.
Jorge Candeias, 29 Sep 1998

Visiting Aveiro on 28 Sep 2014 I spotted variants of the municipal flag:
The first had a scroll with black upper case letters (instead of the red onesmentioned below) (see central image above), and the other one had a small coat of arms, only a quarter of the normal one, i.e. half height and half width (see right image above).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2014

Coat of arms

[Aveiro municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 23 Oct 2014 This coat of arms is one of the most “heraldical” municipal arms around here, in my opinion: apart from the typical 5-towered mural crown, it has the collar of tower and sword, a scroll reading "CIDADE | DE | AVEIRO" with the originality that the writing is in red letters and not in black ones, as usual, (see left image above) and a green shield charged with a silver eagle armed red, a golden sun to the left of the eagle and a silver moon to the right. Both the sun and the moon are “humanized”. The eagle is charged with an inescutcheon, pointy, with the portuguese quinas and a golden border.
Jorge Candeias, 29 Sep 1998

Version without coat of arms

Aveiro plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Gyronny of white and red.
Jorge Candeias, 20 July 1999

Flag and arms adopted and published in Diário do Governo : II Série on 9 August 1960
Sérgio Horta, 23 Oct 2014

Presentation of Aveiro

Aveiro is a city located close to the shore, by a salt marsh (lagoon) called "ria de Aveiro", which brought it the nickname of Portuguese Venice or Venice of the Vouga (this is the main river that ends in the marsh). It is the head of the district with its name, and belonged to the old province of Beira Litoral, also Beira Litoral is the name of the region it will possibly be a part of in the future.

The municipality has an area of 199,8 km², and a population of more than 68 100 inhabitants, distributed in 14 communes. The economy is varied, but, as in most of our urban areas, the sector of services predominates. It is also an important fishing port.
Jorge Candeias, 29 Sep 1998

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