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Itanhaém, São Paulo State (Brazil)

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[Itanhaém, SP (Brazil)]by Joseph McMillan

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About the Flag of Itanhaém

The flag of Itanhaém is blue with a red cross bordered in white (officially described as quartered per cross, the quarters being defined by four white stripes charged with red overstripes). Overall, on a large white lozenge, is the municipal coat of arms, blue with a white horse with red harness and blinkers and in chief a silver crescent and fleur-de-lis. The horse is the crest from the arms of Vimieiros, honoring Countess Dona Mariana de Souza Guerra, who was a member of that family and who provided the land on which the town was founded. The crescent and fleur-de-lis are symbols of the patron saint, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception--the original name of the settlement was Conceição de Itanhaém. The colors are assigned the significance usual in Brazilian municipal heraldry. Flanking the shield are branches of tobacco and coffee. The scroll is inscribed, Angulus Ridet, meaning a happy corner or hiding place.
Source: Official municipal website
Joseph McMillan, 4 September 2002

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