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Horta Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-12-03 by antónio martins
Keywords: horta | coat of arms: bordure | coat of arms: quartered | quinas | crown: ducal | crest: arm | gauntlet | sword: flaming | bust | book | date: 1825.05.27 | plumb bob | castle (white) | goshawk (white) | d. luiz |
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Horta municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Nov 2010
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About the flag

It is an atypical portuguese municipal flag, with a historical coat of arms centered on a background gyronny (meaning city rank) of blue and white. Arms granted in the early 19th cent. and flag recently modified to reflect city status.
António Martins, 01 Jun 2006

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Coat of arms

Horta municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 05 Feb 2007

The coat of arms is quartered with a mantel point with in the Ist Portugal Ancien (modernized) and in the IInd azure a bust of Peter IV of Portugal and in the IIIrd azure an open book argent reading «29 de Abril 1826» azure and in IVth purpure a castle argent with a goshawk of the same on it and in the Vth per pale purpure and azure a plumb bob or and bordure azure with «D. Luiz Iº à Muito Leal Cidade da Horta» Or. Ducal crown or with four rubies, pearls and emeralds and for crest an arm gauntleted argent holding a sword of the same.
António Martins, 01 Jun 2006

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Version without the coat of arms

Horta 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

Horta municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Nov 2010

The flag was recently modified to reflect city status.
António Martins, 01 Jun 2006

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Version without the coat of arms

Horta plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010
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Presentation of Horta

Horta municipality had 15 063 inhabitants in 2001, and it is divided in 13 communes, covering 85,4 km². It is part of: Azores Autonomous region, former Horta District, traditional province, NUTS I, NUTS II and NUTS III Açores.
António Martins, 04 Feb 2007

Horta, by the way, means "vegetable garden" — the coat of arms is not canting.
António Martins, 2010


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