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Monte Belo do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Monte Belo do Sul (2,704 inhabitants in 2015; 6,960 ha) is located 130 km north of Porto Alegre.

Monte Belo do Sul was established in 1877 as part of the Dona Isabel colony. When the colony was renamed to Bento Gonšalves in 1890, today's Monte Belo do Sul was elevated to its 2nd district, as Linha Zamith. In 1932, upon request of J˙lio Lorenzoni, the district was renamed for Montebello, after the battle of Montebello fought near Pavia. Montebello was renamed in 1945 to CaturetŃ, a native word meaning "Good Settlement", and, in 1949 to Monte Bello (Good Mount).
The municipality of Mont Belo do Sul was established by State Law No. 9,564 promulgated on 20 March 1992.

Monte Belo is the cradle of wine-growing in the Sierra Ga˙cha and Latin America's first producer of grapes per capita. In 1913, the Franzoni family already produced 15,000 hl of wine and brandy. Vineyards are now grown on 2,300 ha by 12 wine-growers.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020


The flag of the municipality of Monte Belo do Sul is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 28 promulgated on 7 April 1993.

Article 1.
The flag of the municipality of Monte Belo do Sul shall have for official colors green, white and red, and shall be composed of three panels, inspired by the design of the flag of Rio Grande do Sul and the colors of the flag of Italy, representing:
a) Green, the power of agriculture, the forests and ecology.
b) White, fraternity, harmony and peace message to the community.
c) Red, dedication, patriotic love, audacity and courage.

Article 2.
The flag shall obey the following rules.
I. The flag shall be composed of three panels: green, white and red in usual shades, green and red forming two triangles and white an ascending quadrilateral between the two triangles, the green triangle's right angle being placed in the flag's upper left corner and the red triangle's right angle in the flag's lower right corner.
II. The flag shall feature in the center a white panel charged with the municipal coat of arms.

Article 3.
I. The flag's width shall be of 14 units.
II. The flag's length shall be of 20 units.
III. The coat of arms shall have a width of 7 units, leaving 3 units above and beneath it.
IV. The lesser side of the red right-angled triangle, placed on left top, shall be exactly of 7 units. This holds true for the lesser side of the blue right-angled triangle, placed on right bottom.
V. The lesser sides of the ascending white quadrilateral placed between the two right-angled triangles shall also be of 7 units.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Monte Belo do Sul is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 27 promulgated on 7 April 1993.

Article 1.
A classical Flemish-Iberian shield surmounted by a mural crown argent with six towers. In the center an escutcheon argent charged in chief with a Rhine wine glass. In base a field vert (green) symbolizing the mountains. On this field are featured the rivers that cross the municipality and a plow representing agriculture. The shield is tierced by bend sinister in the colors of Italy. In chief's canton, on a field azure (blue) the St. Francis of Assisi church. The shield supported dexter and sinister by grapevines proper. Beneath the shield a scroll gules (red) inscribed sable (black) with the toponym "MONTE BELO DO SUL" surrounded by years "1877" and "1992".

The coat of arms shall have the following symbolic interpretation.
a) The classical Flemish-Iberian shield, used to represent the arms of Monte Belo do Sul, originates from Germany and was primarily introduced to Spain during the struggle against the Moors; it was subsequently adopted in Portugal, namely to represent arms of domains, and finally adopted by Brazilian heraldry to evoke the colonizing race and main builder of the nation;
b) The mural crown surmounting the shield is the universal symbol of coat of arms of domains; argent with six towers, four visible in perspective, it classifies the town as of third rank or municipal seat.
c) Argent (silver) is a symbol of peace, friendship, work, effort, prosperity, purity and religious feeling.
d) The shield features in the center an escutcheon argent charged in chief with a glass wine symbolizing the pioneer role of Monte Belo do Sul in wine production in the region of Italian colonization. The traditional Rhine and Italian wine glass is perfectly suited to reflect the wine's color.
e) The base vert (green) recalls the mountains of the north-east of Rio Grande do Sul, the town's namesake, crossed by a stripe azure (blue) representing the municipality's rivers. The green field is charged with a plow argent, symbolizing the rural origin of the municipality.
f) Vert (green) is a symbol of honor, civility, courtesy, glee, abundance; green also represents hope as the greening fields and mountains in spring promising profuse harvests.
g) The shield is tierced by a bend sinister charged with the colors of Italy, green, white and red. In the upper left part is featured the church dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, the municipality's patron saint, representing the deep religious feeling that fostered the immigrants during the colonization of Rio Grande do Sul. The field azure (blue) surmounting the mountains and behind the church is a symbol of loyalty, sky, and community harmony in search of humanitarian objectives.
h) The outer ornaments recall the main product supplied by the generous and fertile soil, grapes.
i) On a scroll gules (red), in letters sable (black) the identifying toponym "MONTE BELO DO SUL" surrounded by years "1877", for the colonization's onset, and "1992", for political emancipation.
Leis Municipais database


Ivan Sache, 31 July 2020