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Castêlo da Maia Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Castêlo da Maia, Concelho de Maia, Distrito do Porto

Last modified: 2015-10-28 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: castelo da maia | sta. maria de avioso | sao pedro de avioso | gemunde | barca | gondim | base(wavy) | oat(ear) | corn(cob) | stonecutter's tools | mountain | watermill(wheel) | keys(crossed) | book | palm(leaf) | cross(maltese) | o |
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Former Santa Maria de Avioso commune (until 2013)

[Santa Maria de Avioso commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 29 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, in central chief per pale a chisel Argent superimposed by a hammer and a pickaxe Or bladed Argent and crossed per saltire, the whole flanked by two ears of oat Or, in base a mountain issuant Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials "AVIOSO - SANTA MARIA"
Meaning:
The tools in chief are representing the art of stonecutting, which is practised in the commune since time immemorial. The oat ears are canting elements, "avioso" is derived from "aveia", which means "oat". They are also alluding to agriculture especially the cultivation of oat since time immemorial. The white mountain is symbolizing the so called "castles of Maia", which are caves building flats, carved out from Monte de Santo Ovídeo. The red colour is symbolizing force, power and vital energy, furthermore, it is furthermore symbolizing the local people as protectors of the victims of injustice, helplessness, poverty and oppression.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 14 November 2000
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Presentation of Santa Maria de Avioso

Santa Maria de Avioso Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Maia Municipality (q.v.); it had 4513 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 4.7 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Former São Pedro de Avioso commune (until 2013)

[São Pedro de Avioso commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 29 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Azure with base wavy of Argent and Azure, a watermill's wheel Argent flanked by two ears of oat Or, in chief two keys crossed per saltire, the bendy one Or, the sinister bendy one Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "AVIOSO - S. PEDRO".
Meaning:
The crossed keys are an attribute of St. Peter, name giver of the commune and local patron saint. The oat ears are canting elements, "avioso" is derived from "aveia", which means "oat".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 28 June 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Presentation of São Pedro de Avioso

São Pedro de Avioso Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Maia Municipality (q.v.); it had 3826 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 4.9 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Former Gemunde commune (until 2013)

[Gemunde commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 29 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Vert with base wavy of Argent and Azure, an open book Argent bound Gules, superimposed by two paly palm leaves ordered per fess, in chief a corn cob Or leaved of the same in each corner. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials "GEMUNDE - MAIA".
Meaning:
The palm leaves are alluding to the martyrs Cosmas and Damian, the local patron saints. The green colour of the shield and the corn cobs are representing agricultural riches. The base wavy is representing River Setões and its importance for the local agriculture.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 10 November 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Presentation of Gemunde

Gemunde Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Maia Municipality (q.v.); it had 5215 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 5.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Former Barca commune (until 2013)

[Barca commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 29 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent divided by three barrulets Azure, in central chief a mitre Purpure lined Gules and adorned Or, superimposing two swords Purpure garnished Or and crossed per saltire, in base a cogwheel Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials "BARCA - MAIA
Meaning:
Mitre and swords probably are attributes of St. Martin, the local patron saint.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 6 April 2000
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Presentation of Barca

Barca Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Maia Municipality (q.v.); it had 2633 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 3.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Former Gondim commune (until 2013)

[Gondim commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 29 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of red and yellow.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules divided by a bar wavy Argent charged with a barrulet wavy Azure, in chief a Maltese cross Argent flanked by two corn cobs Or leaved of the same, in base an orb Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials "FREGUESIA DE GONDIM".
Meaning:
The Maltese cross is alluding to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem aka Order of Malta, its presence in the area and its role in evangelising and developing the region. The corn cobs are representing agriculture as main business line. The orb is an attribute of Jesus Christ, being the local patron saint as the Divine Saviour. The bar wavy is representing River Almorode.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 17 June 1993
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


Presentation of Gondim

Gondim Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Maia Municipality (q.v.); it had 2208 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 1.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2015


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