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Nampula (Mozambique)

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Nampula is the fourth largest city in Mozambique and is located in the north of the country.  It is the administrative capital of Nampula Province.

image by Jens Pattke, 19 Dec 2014

The initial municipal flag had a dark green background with the municipal arms in the centre of a white square.
Jens Pattke, 19 Dec 2014

image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 March 2016

Nampula subsequently adopted a flag based on the typical Portuguese municipal flag design with the coat of arms centered on a green and white background, gyronny of eight (city status for the municipality) by diagonals and apothemas. The blazon of the Coat of Arms  is Vert semy of cotton (?) flowers Argent leaved Or; a representation of Our Lady of Something-or-Other (?) Proper clothed Argent and crowned Or. Mural crown with five visible towers (city status) and white scroll with the words "Cidade de Nampula" in black capital letters.  This flag was used until 1975 when Mozambique become independent.

More information can be found in the Portuguese Colonial Armorial by F.P. de Almeida Langhans (1966) [lgh66] and in Adolfo Durán Rodríguez's article about Portuguese colonial flags [drn95] in Banderas (No. 54, 1995) [ban]. A photo of this flag can be found online here.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 March 2016