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Vila Pavão, Espírito Santo (Brazil)

Last modified: 2012-02-11 by ian macdonald
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Vila Pavão, ES (Brazil) image by Dirk Schönberger, 5 April 2010
based on http://www.vilapavao.es.gov.br/simbolos_hino/bandeira.htm


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About the Flag

A descending white diagonal band on a light blue field, with the municipal arms centred.
Dirk Schönberger
, 5 April 2010

The municipality of Vila Pavão (8,672 inhabitants in 2012; 433 sq. km) is located in northern Espírito Santo, 270 km of Vitória. The town is surrounded by high granite formations, locally known as "pedras", which make of Vila Pavão one of the main granite extraction area in Brazil.

Vila Pavão was settled in the 1920s by poor farmers emigrating from the dry hinterland and by lumberjacks. They were joined in the 1940s by colonists from African, Italian and Pomeranian origin. This second wave of colonization was allowed by the building of a bridge on river Doce in Colatina and of a road from Nova Venécia. The municipality of Vila Pavão was established on 1 July 1990, seceding from Nova Venécia. The name of the place (lit., Peacock's Village) recalls that the first hut build in what is today the downtown was known as the Peacock's House, because it had its veranda decorated with a peacock painting.

The flag of Vila Pavão is diagonally (pre bend) divided blue-white-blue with an emblem, different of the municipal coat of arms, in the middle. The flag was designed by Ronaldo Furtado de Oliveira (b. 1976), the winner of a public contest. Blue and white are the traditional colors of Pomerania (see also de-mv_.html#vpo), recalling the main origin of the inhabitants of the municipality.

The rock represented on the emblem to symbolize the granite rocks surrounding the town is known as the Television Tower's Rock ( http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31275025 - photo). The church tower, locally known as "Igrejona", belongs to the Lutheran Evangelistic church of Vila Pavão. The tallest Lutheran tower in South America and the tallest church tower in Espírito Santo, the "Igrejona" is the emblem of the town ( http://www.seculodiario.com/turismo/turismo_03_08_2001.htm - photo). Here it represents the religious faith of the inhabitants. The white map represents the municipal territory. The yellow disk represents the sun enlightening the municipal territory. Here it stands for a new day, light and warmth required for life. The two flags flanking the disk are an idealistic representation of the three main origins of the inhabitants, green for the Italians, red for the Africans and blue for the Pomeranians. The peacock represents the namesake of the municipality.
http://www.vilapavao.es.gov.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=56&Itemid=76 (new location)

Ivan Sache, 22 January 2012
 
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