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São Bento do Sul, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of São Bento do Sul, Santa Catarina image by Dirk Schönberger, 5 August 2012

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The municipality of São Bento do Sul (85,421 inhabitants in 2020; 49,558 ha) is located on the border with Paraná, 250 km north-west of Florianópolis.

São Bento do Sul was established in 1873 near stream São Bento. The district of São Bento do Sul was established by Provincial Law No. 801 promulgated on 6 April 1876, to be elevated a municipality by Provincial Law No. 1,030 promulgated on 21 May 1883, inaugurated on 30 January 1884.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 7 November 2021

Description of the Flag

An upright red cross, bordered white, on a green field, with the municipal shield in the centre on a white lozenge.

Official website at
Dirk Schönberger, 5 August 2012

The flag and arms of São Bento do Sul are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 174 promulgated on 27 August 1969.

Article 2.
The coat of arms shall be as follows.
Samnite shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent.
On a field argent, the symbol of the Order of St. Benedict, composed of a circle gules surrounding a cross flory of the same on a field argent.
In chief, four Brazilian pines vert, two greater and two smaller in canton.
Grafted in base vert a lyre argent.
The shield supported dexter and sinister by smoking chimneys charged with cogwheels argent, standing on a scroll gules inscribed in letters argent the toponym "São Bento do Sul" surrounded by years "1873" and "1883".

The Samnite shield evokes the colonizing Latin race and main builder of the Brazilian nation.
Above the shield, an eight-towered mural crown argent classifies a town of second rank, that is, seat of a county.
The emblem of the Order of St. Benedict (Latin letters omitted) placed in the center and the Brazilian pines in canton make the arms canting, the first recalling the patron saint's name and the second being the trees characteristic of the southern region of Brazil.
Argent (white) is a symbol of peace, work, prosperity, friendship and purity.
Gules (red) is a symbol of audacity, intrepidity, courage, valiance, dedication and love.
Vert (green) expresses civility, abundance, triumph, courtesy, honor and glee.
The grafted base identifies the mountainous region where the town is located, the origin of the nickname of "Santa Catarina Petrópolis" for its wonderful mountain climate. The lyre emphasizes citizens' dedication and love for music, São Benito do Sul being known as Music City.
The supporters represent industry, the municipality's main source of income.
The scroll is inscribed with the town's name and its respective years of foundation and political emancipation.

Article 2.
The flag shall be quartered in cross, the four green quarters being constituted by four white stripes superimposed with red stripes, arranged two by two in the horizontal and vertical dimensions, starting from the angles of a white lozenge charged with the municipal coat of arms.
The quartering of the flag emphasizes the people's Christian spirit.
The coat of arms represents the municipal government, while the white lozenge inscribing it symbolizes the proper town as the seat of the municipality.
From the lozenge's angles start white stripes superimposed with red stripes, which symbolize the spread of the municipal powers to all the quarters of the territory.
The green quarters represent the rural estates present in the municipality.
Leis Municipais database

The first coat of arms of São Bento do Sul was prescribed by Municipal Law No. 2 promulgated on 7 March 1958 (text not available).


Ivan Sache, 7 November 2021