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Machico Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho do Machico, Madeira

Last modified: 2018-07-06 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Machico municipal flag] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018
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About the Flag

It is a quite typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white background.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 Aug 2007


[Machico municipal banner] 1:1 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

The banner has additional silver and blue tassels and cord, and golden pole and finial.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Mar 2012

Coat of arms

[Machico municipal CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Aug 2007

The arms are Azure a bend Argent semy of wavelets of the First between two sugar canes Proper (The legal wording is "sugar canes Vert", which doesn't agree with the image (would be and additional "fruited Or") and is against heraldic practice and legal prescription, with green on blue.). Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "MACHICO".
According to Sérgio Horta, this is the flag in use, upon upgrade to city status on 2 August 1996, consisting of one trivial change - the number of visible towers. I'd bet that the officialization of a new design is stalled due to the city hall's insistance of keeping the previous arms only with minor changes and the heraldic authority insisting in correction of the mentioned tincture error. (But of course this error was wither perpetrated or at least sanctioned by the very same authority back in 1947?) Plain vs. gyronny for the flag may be a second issue of dissent.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 Aug 2007

Former flag

[Machico former municipal flag] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 21 Aug 2007

Before 1996, the mural crown had only four towers (town rank); this flag and arms were adopted and published in the official journalDiário do Governo : I Série on 14 January 1947.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 Aug 2007

Presentation of Machico

Machico municipality had 21 828 inhabitants in 2011, and it consists of 5 communes, covering 68.3 km². It is part of Madeira Region (also a NUTS II and III and traditional province) and former Funchal District.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 Aug 2007 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 July 2018

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