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Água de Alto Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Água de Alto, Concelho de Vila Franca do Campo, Açores

Last modified: 2018-03-12 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Água de Alto commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

Coat of arms

Shield Or, a pale wavy Azure charged with a pallet wavy Argent, at dexter an electric flash Gules, at sinister a millstone Sable garnished Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "ÁGUA DE ALTO".
Meaning:
The commune's name has its origin in the banks of a local creek, falling down to the beach of Degredo. The pale is representing the falling water. The flash is alluding to the fact, that the first power station of the Ašores was erected in 1900 in Agua de Alto. The millstone is alluding to the many local watermills, supplied by the power station, that had been used for grinding wheat.
Source: communal heraldry page
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 18 October 2005
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018


Presentation of Água de Alto

Água de Alto Commune is one of the six communes of Vila Franca do Campo Municipality; it had 1788 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 18.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Mar 2018


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