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Lajes Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Lajes, Concelho de Praia da Vitória, Açores

Last modified: 2017-02-24 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Lajes (Praia da Vitória) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 5 Nov 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Nov 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Vert, two winged hands Argent carrying a plaque Sable, in base two wheat ears Or tied of the same set in orle, in chief a cross patty Gules fimbriated Or and charged with a Greek cross Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "LAJES - PRAIA DA VITÓRIA" or "VILA DAS LAJES - PRAIA DA VITÓRIA", as to be seen here.
The winged hands may allude to archangel St. Michael, the local patron saint. The plaque (Port.: laje) is a canting element. The wheat ears are representing agriculture. The cross is alluding to the Order of the Knights of Christ.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Nov 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 6 August 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Nov 2015

Presentation of Lajes

Lajes Commune is one of the 11 communes of the Praia da Vitória Municipality; it had 3744 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 11.2 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Nov 2015

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