Last modified: 2002-03-23 by joe mcmillan
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by Joseph McMillan
From the official city website:
Created by law no. 502 of 31 December 1966. The green is used to represent the natural riches in the area of Foz do Iguaçú, which are so prodigious. The coat of arms on the center symbolizes the municipal government and the white rectangle on which it is applied represents the city itself, seat of the municipality. The stripes symbolize municipal power that expands into all quarters of the territory, and the octaves (trapezoidal geometric figures) represent the diverse rural, commercial, and industrial undertakings in the municipality.
The shield of the coat of arms is blue, recalling the continuously clear skies, is the heraldic color of beauty, pleasure, and recreation, attributes belonging to this city, given is geographic situation and its incomparable natural beauties, sought by tourists from around the world who are attracted by the exuberant vista of Iguaçú Falls. According to Peixoto de Faria [Brazilian heraldist and flag designer], blue is also the color of nobility, perseveranece, zeal, and loyalty…. At the top of the shield are three of the principal tourist attractions of the municipality: (a) the Tancredo Neves Bridge, also called the Brotherhood Bridge, across the Iguaçú River, connecting Brazil and Argentina … (b) International Bridge, also called Friendship Bridge, crossing the Paraná River to Paraguay; (c) at the center, between the two bridges, the Three Frontiers Landmark, erected by Marshal Cândido Rondôn on the Brazilian bank of the two rivers, Paraná and Iguaçú, the agreed borders with Argentina and Paraguay. [Editor's comment: only one bridge and the border mark are actually shown.] On the center of the shield, a representation of the principal falls making up the world-famous Iguaçu Falls …. The scroll bears the name of the municipality and the date of its establishment.