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Maia Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Maia, Distrito do Porto

Last modified: 2015-10-27 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Maia municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 9 Nov 2007
See also: External links:
  • Page about Maia at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Nov 2001
  • Maia at the English Wikipedia
    reported by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny of eight of blue and red.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

Coat of arms

[Maia municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 9 Nov 2007

The arms are Gules three ears of wheat tied in red between an orbicular (so called Portuguese Templar) cross gules at dexter and a Maltese cross Gules at sinister and above a fess wavy Azure charged with a fess wavy Argent and on a chief gules an eagle displayed Or issuant from the base. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters

António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

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

According to Sério Horta’s website, the current flag and arms (with trivial changes from the previous one) were not yet officially adopted, but are in use since 23 August 1986, when the municipality seat was upgraded to city status — this long lag surely due to the red and blue background, unacceptable to the heraldic authority but probably insisted on by the municipal government.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

Previous symbols

[Maia municipality plain] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta,

The previous flag and arms were adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : I Série on 26 May 1936. It was divided quarterly, also red and blue (back then the rule of tinctures apparently not so strictly enforced), had four towers in the crown (town rank), and the scroll also read "Concelho da Maia".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

Presentation of Maia

Maia municipality had 120 111 inhabitants in 2001, and it consists of 17 communes, covering 87,70 km². It is part of Porto District, traditional province Douro Litoral, 1999 ref. adm. region Entre Douro e Minho, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Grande Porto.

Passengers using Oporto International Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR) will probably spot this flag, as it is located in Maia Municipality.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Nov 2007

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