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Vieira do Minho Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Vieira do Minho, Distrito de Braga

Last modified: 2016-02-24 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vieira do Minho municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 Nov 2014
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About the Flag

It is an untypical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and black.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Oct 2014

Coat of arms

[Vieira do Minho municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta,, 22 Aug 1999

The coat of arms is argent, three grenates open gules lined or and leaved vert, surrownded by two cobs of corn of the same, all bounded by a ribbon gules; chief or three scallops argent lined sable; base azure, a wavy fess argent. Correct mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE VIEIRA DO MINHO" or simply VIEIRA DO MINHO (on quartered flag).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999
The arms are canting as "vieira" means "scallop shell" and the wavy fess refers to the river Minho ("do" means "of the").
António Martins-Tuválkin, 26 Aug 2001

Flag and arms adopted and published in Diário do Governo : I Série on 26 Apr 1940
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999

Gyronny Flag reported 1999

[Vieira do Minho municipality 1999] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999 It is an atypical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a background gyronny of black and yellow that would usually imply a city status, but yet this is a town. This one of those interesting cases where a town (vila) uses a gyronny background flag, instead of quartered: Gyronny, along with the five tower crown, is the mark of city (cidade) status of the municipality seat
António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 June 1999 / 22 Aug 1999

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Presentation of Vieira do Minho

Vieira do Minho municipality had 15 540 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 16 communes, covering 219 km². It belongs to the Braga District and to the old province of Minho.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Aug 1999

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