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Calheta (Açores) Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-12-03 by antónio martins
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Calheta (Açores) municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Oct 2007
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About the flag

It is a fairily typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a quartered background (town rank) of blue and white.
António Martins, 10 Apr 2007

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Coat of arms

Calheta (Açores) municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 13 Oct 2007

The arms are Argent issuant from a campaign wavy Vert charged with two barrulets wavy Argent a mound Sable under two yam leaves Vert crossed per saltire under two escutcheons set in fess the dexter Argent a cross patty Gules voided of the field and the sinister Argent a cross Gules throughout and in chief a goshawk Proper holding an escutcheon Azure charged with five plates Argent set in saltire. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "Vila da Calheta".
António Martins, 10 Apr 2007

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Version without the coat of arms

Calheta (Açores) plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

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Previous flag

1986-1994 Calheta (Açores) municipality
image by António Martins, 21 Oct 2007

The oddball former flag of Calheta de São Jorge: A very atypical (and unofficial) design, with a coat of arms on a blue-white equal bicolor (based on the regional flag); this coat of arms is argent a latin cross patty Gules voided between two birds (goshawks?, crows?) Or and in chief the capital letters "S. Jorge" Or and in campaign the capital letters "Açores" Or.
António Martins, 10 Jun 2002 and 21 Oct 2007

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Presentation of Calheta (Açores)

Calheta municipality had 3972 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 5 communes covering 126,51 km², taking up the SE half of St. George Island (São Jorge). It is part of Azores Region (also a NUTS II and traditional province), former Angra do Heroísmo District. "Calheta" is a diminitive of "calha", Portuguese for "rail", "gutter", "canal" or "inlet". In this case it probably refers to the latter. This is not hinted at in the arms which instead are canting for the name of the island (S. George) and feature other geographical, historical and agricultural items.

This Calheta municipality is one of the two of the same name, the other being Calheta (Madeira); to tell them apart this is sometimes refered to as "Calheta de São Jorge", for the island it is located. (Cp. Lagoa and Lagoa (Algarve), the other such case.)

António Martins, 14 Oct 2007


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