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by Joseph McMillan
On the wallpaper of the Belo Horizonte municipal site, a black and white image
of the city hall with flags flying, the municipal flag appears to be the coat of arms on a
Joe McMillan, 5 February 2001
I have found two separate photographs on line confirming that the flag of Belo Horizonte is
white with the municipal coat of arms. One of these shows the prefecture building with
three flags flying on it, the center and highest that of Brazil, the one on the
right that of the state of Minas Gerais, and the one on the left a white flag
with an indistinguishable coat of arms. The other is the opening ceremony of
a meeting of the Belo Horizonte Rotary Club, with a display of flags identified
as those of Brazil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, and the club. That for Belo
Horizonte is clearly a white field with a mural crown, leading me to conclude
that the flag is as depicted above.
Joseph McMillan, 28 June 2002
The coat of arms of the city of Belo Horizonte was instituted in 1937 and
since then has undergone a series of successive changes by decree. On the basis
of historic and bibliographic research, law no. 6938/95 of 19 August 1995
restored the basic original design but in a more classically heraldic rendition.
According to chapter 2 of that law, the coat of arms is described as:
"a Portuguese shield, remembering the origin of the Brazilian nationality,
on a field azure a rising sun or emerging from the sinister side of the
Curral D`el Rei mountains vert. On a chief or, an equilateral triangle
gules, symbol of the aspirations of the Mineiro Inconfidentes
On a scroll gules, in silver letters, the inscriptions (to dexter) 17-12-1893
and (to sinister) 12-12-1897, the dates respectively of the creation of the city
and of its installation as the new capital of Minas Gerais, flanking the
name Belo Horizonte. For crest, a [gold] mural crown of five towers, the attribute
reserved to a state capital."
The coat of arms is more or less canting, with the mountain sunrise being used to depict
the name "beautiful horizon."
Source: Website of the municipal council.
Joseph McMillan, 29 June 2002