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São Mateus da Calheta Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de São Mateus da Calheta, Concelho de Angra do Heroísmo, Açores

Last modified: 2020-04-25 by klaus-michael schneider
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[São Mateus da Calheta commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 31 Oct 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Azure with base wavy of Argent and Vert superimposed by a sperm whale Or, issuant from base a castle Argent masoned Sable with windows Gules, in central chief a cross of the Order of Christ fimbriated Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "S. MATEUS DA CALHETA".
The base wavy is due to the green colour alluding to the Atlantic. The sperm whale is alluding to the tradition of whaling, the castle probably is the local fort of São João, the cross is alluding to the Knights of the Order of Christ.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Oct 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 22 July 2002
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Oct 2015

Presentation of São Mateus da Calheta

São Mateus da Calheta Commune is one of the 19 communes of the Angra do Heroísmo municipality (q.v.); it had 3757 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 6.3 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Oct 2015

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