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Velas Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Velas, Açores

Last modified: 2014-11-05 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Velas municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 30 Sep 2007
See also: External links:
  • Page about Velas at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001
  • Velas, at the English Wikipedia
    reported by António Martins, 31 Oct 2007

About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and black.

António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 Sep 2006

Coat of arms

[Velas municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 31 Sep 2007

The coat of arms is Azure, a Latin rigged caravel Sable lined and roped Or with sails Argent each charged with a cross patty Gules voided over a base wavy of Argent and Vert, in chief Or a goshawk displayed Gules between two inescutcheons Azure each charged with five plates. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VELAS".
The goshawk has the usual meaning and the sailing ship is canting: "velas" = "sails".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 Sep 2006

Arms and flag approved by law and published in the official journal Diário do Governo, II Série on 27 July 1972
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 Sep 2006

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Presentation of Velas

Velas Municipality municipality consists of the Northwestern half of São Jorge (St. George) island. It had 5585 inhabitants in 2000, and it is divided in six communes, covering 117,4 km². It belongs to the Azores Autonomous Region and the traditional province of Azores, it was also part of the former Angra do Heroismo District.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 Sep 2006

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