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Áurea, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Last modified: 2020-07-12 by ian macdonald
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The municipality of Áurea (3,725 inhabitants in 2016; 15,829 ha) is located 400 km north of Porto Alegre.

Áurea was established, as Rio Marcelino, in 1908 by Polish colonists. The place was subsequently renamed to Treze de Maio (1918) and Princesa Isabel (1938), and eventually, Áurea (1944). The three names refer to the abolishment of slavery in Brazil by Imperial Law No. 3,353, better known as Golden Law (Lei Áurea), promulgated on 13 May 1888 by Princess Isabel "the Redemptress". Áurea also refers to the second wave of Polish immigration organized in 1944 from Złotoryja (lit., Gold Mountain), a town in Lower Silesia once famous for its gold mines, and to the golden halo of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Some 90% of the town's population is of Polish origin. - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 11 July 2020


The flag and arms of Áurea are prescribed by Municipal Law No. 79 promulgated on 5 March 1990.

Article 2.
The municipal flag shall have the following colors: green, yellow, blue and white.

Article 3.
The municipal coat of arms of Áurea, based on a Portuguese shape and historical data, originates in heraldry used in most Brazilian municipal coat of arms.

Article 4.
The colors are technically compliant with the rules of codification of heraldry: yellow, or; azure, blue; argent, silver; vert, green; gules, red; sable, black. They have the following symbolic meaning:
Or represents force and richness.
Argent represents history and nobleness.
Gules represents justice, discipline and honor.
Azure represents beauty and subtlety;
Vert represents the natural environment.
Sable represents prudence.

Article 5.
The coat of arms, in comprehensive style, features dexter on a azure a sun or, superimposed between its rays an heraldic cross argent, a mate straw and a fleur-de-lis, in fess a handshake argent. The sinister field features a cog wheel or on a field azure, a base vert. The shield supported by a soybean plant, a wheat spike and a maize cob vert and or interlacing a pig argent.

Article 6.
The shield supported by two branches of mate herb vert. A scroll gules with the toponym sable "24-11 Áurea 1987". The shield surmounted by a mural crown representing the three powers constitutive of the municipality: Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. - Leis Municipais database

The flag is divided in four sectors, white, celestial blue, yellow and green, limited by diagonal stripes starting from the flag's upper left corner, and charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.


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