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Vitor Meireles, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

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[Flag of Vitor Meireles, Santa Catarina image by Ivan Sache, 8 November 2021

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The municipality of Vitor Meireles (5,156 inhabitants in 2014; 37,156 ha) is located 270 km north-west of Florianópolis.

Vitor Meireles was settled in 1935 as Rio Preso; this odd name (Stuck River) refers to the local geography, the river being "stuck" between ravines and forests. In 1945, the place was renamed to Alto Rio Dollmann, and, subsequently, to Forcaçao (Forked Junction), a reference to the fork formed by the confluence of rivers Fachinal and Palmitos.
In 1967, the writer Alceste Moser proposed to the Municipal Chamber of Ibirama to change the name of Forcaçao to Vitor Meireles, as a tribute to the famous Santa Catarina-born painter Victor Meirelles (1832-1903)
The municipality of Vitor Meireles was established by State Law No. 7,579 promulgated on 26 April 1989 and inaugurated on 1 January 1990.

The country's main reserve of araucarias is located in Vitor Mereiles, as an Area of Ecological Relevant Interest. Covering 4,604 ha, it forms one of the last remains of the Santa Catarina Atlantic rainforest, with more than 8,000 native Brazilian pines, some of them older than 200 years.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 8 November 2021

Description of the Flag

The flag of Vitor Meireles is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 38 promulgated on 23 April 1990.

Article 1.
The municipal flag is described as follows: On a green field, two perpendicular red stripes quartering the green field. Over the imaginary intersection of the red stripes and the adjacent green parts, a white circle inscribing the coat of arms of the municipality.

Article 2.
The design of the municipal flag obeys the following rules: on a green field, of 130 cm in length on 90 cm in width, two perpendicular red stripes of 18 cm in width. The horizontal stripe shall divide the green field in two equal parts of 36 cm each on the whole length of 130 cm; the vertical stripe shall divide the green stripes into two parts, the one at the viewer's left of 22 cm and the one on the viewer's right of 60 cm, the two stripes extending on the whole width of 90 cm. In the center matching the geometric center of the area generated by the crossing of the two red stripes shall be placed a white circumference of 48 cm in diameter, charged in the center with the arms of the municipality.
Leis Municipais database

The coat of arms of Vitor Meireles is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 37 promulgated on 23 April 1990.

Article 1.
The municipal coat of arms is described as follows: Iberian shield surrounded by a red chain. On a white field, in the upper left canton, a black cogwheel surrounding, orled by a black circle, a factory with yellow windows and chimneys, with black outlines and furnace. In the shield's lower part, surrounded by a black semi-circle, a farmer holding a hoe in the foreground of a cultivated area, with black outlines and green, yellow and white background. The shield surmounted by green mountains under yellow sun rays. Beneath the shield a green scroll outlined in black inscribed in white "VITOR MEIRELES", "26-4" and "1989".

Article 2.
The heraldic elucidation is the following. The shield, of Iberian style,
is shaped like a semi-circle surrounded by a chain, representing the inhabitants' spirit of union. The scroll identifies the municipality's name and date of political emancipation. The mountains and the stylized sun rays represent the municipality's topography and promising future, through a spirit of hope, optimism and confidence in the prosperity of the municipality's horizon. The stylized araucarias represent forests and the timber extraction history, so connected to the municipality's past and present vocation and income. The stylized cogwheel and factory represent the municipality's dynamism and present and future vocation. The farmer, his hoe and the cultivated area represent the municipality's rural vocation and the integration of man with land, which, cultivated with care, force and dedication, supplies harvests, support and life.
Leis Municipais database


Ivan Sache, 8 November 2021