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Baião Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-09-30 by antónio martins
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Baião municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 23 Jul 1999
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About the flag

The flag is blue (ligh blue in my sources) with coat of arms centered. The coat of arms is 100% typical: 4-towered mural crown, scroll reading "CONCELHO DE BAIÃO" and shield. The shield is blue with a wide yellow-green border according to my sources (I suppose it must be gold in the official description), and is charged with a bunch of grapes surrounded by a laurel all in the same colour as the border, above 3 silver-blue-silver wavy lines. The border is charged with 8 blue castles with door and windows in the same colour as the border, disposed as the castles of the portuguese coat of arms. The wavy lines stand for the Douro river and the bunch of grapes for the wine produced there, but the castles and the laurel are mysteries to me.
Jorge Candeias, 09 Oct 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Presentation of Baião

Baião is a town located in the north of Portugal. It belongs to the district of Porto (Oporto), old province of Douro Litoral, future eventual region of Entre Douro e Minho. The municipality is small both in area and in population: 175.7 km2 and nearly 22 000 inhabitants, but has quite a good number of communes: 20. It’s economy is, as far as I know, rural. This town is located in the border between two regions of known wines: Oporto and Vinho Verde and the municipality is limited to the south by the Douro river.
Jorge Candeias, 09 Oct 1998

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