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Gavião Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Gavião, Distrito de Portalegre

Last modified: 2014-08-02 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Gavião municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Feb 2007
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a background quartered (town rank) yellow and green.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

Coat of arms

[Gavião municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Feb 2007

The arms are Sable on a maltese cross Argent a hawk Proper flying to the dexter surrounded by a garland of olive at dexter and cork oak at sinister both Vert and fruited Or and tied Gules along with a dimunute bunch of grapes Argent enhanced Purple. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE GAVIÃO".
"Gavião" means "hawk" (considering the location of this municipality, most probably meant is the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Latin: Accipiter nisus); the arms are therefore canting.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

Flag and coat of arms adopted and published in the official journal _Diário do Governo : I Série_ in 1936.04.04.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

[Gavião municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Presentation of Gavião

Gavião municipality had 4887 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 4 communes covering 293,55 km². It is part of Portalegre District, traditional province and NUTS III Alto Alentejo, and 1999 ref. adm. region and C.C.R. / NUTS II Alentejo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

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