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Ponta Garça Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Ponta Garça, Concelho de Vila Franca do Campo, Açores

Last modified: 2018-03-12 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Ponta Garça commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, in base a lighthouse Argent, with windows Or and fire Gules, in dexter chief a pair of scales Argent balanced by a sword flambant Argent hilted Or, in sinister chief a heron statant Argent armed Or and eyed Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll (Bénard Guedes style) with inscription in black capitals "PONTA GARÇA".
The name of the commune and its lighthouse means "heron's cape". The lighthouse displays the tower of the local lighthouse. The heron (Port.: garça) is a canting element. Sword and scales are attributes of St. Michael, which is not only the name giver of the complete island but also the patron saint of the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo as well.
Please note that an older version displays the attributes held by a winged arm, thus repeating precisely the municipal arms but without circumscription.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 20 May 2005
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

Presentation of Ponta Garça

Ponta Garça Commune is one of the six communes of Vila Franca do Campo Municipality; it had 3547 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 31.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

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