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Trofa Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho da Trofa, Distrito do Porto

Last modified: 2016-01-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Trofa municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 2 Nov 2007
See also: External links:
  • Page about Trofa at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001
  • Trofa, at the English Wikipedia
    reported by António Martins, 3 Nov 2007

About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a white and blue gyronny (city rank) field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Nov 2007

Coat of arms

[Trofa municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 12 Sep 2007

The arms are Vert issuant from a base wavy Argent and Azure a two-towered suspension bridge Argent with port and windows Sable and in chief a cogwheel Or surrounded by two bundles of rye Or of four ears each tied Argent. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "TROFA".
"Trofa" comes from Arabic for "frontier", wich is not depicted in the arms. These in turn show the local suspension bridge. The cogwheel is representing industries, economic activities and progress. The eight wheat ears are alluding to agriculture and are also representing the former eight communes of the municipality. The suspension bridge is a landmark of the municipality and is also considered to be a "bridge of connection" between generations and communities. The base wavy is representing the little rivers Ave, Mamoa, Covelas and Aldeia. The green colour is symbolizing the floral and agricultural riches.
information kindly granted to Sérgio Horta by Câmara Municipal de Trofa)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Nov 2007 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Jan 2016

This flag and arms were adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série on 19 December 2000.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Nov 2007 and 2010

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Presentation of Trofa

Trofa municipality had 37 581 inhabitants in 2001, and it consists of five communes, covering 71,73 km². It is part of Porto District, traditional province Douro Litoral, and 1999 ref. adm. region Entre-Douro-e-Minho, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Ave.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Nov 2007

Municipality of Santo Tirso had recently it’s western half made the new municipality of Trofa. In 1999 Trofa Municipality was created from eight communes detached from Santo Tirso Municipality; since the scroll includes the name of the municipality this commune belongs to (added to disambiguate with another Alvarelhos Commune in Valpaços Municipality), it was changed to spell.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 July 1999 / 2 Apr 2010

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