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image by Dirk Schönberger and
12, 15 December 2012
Based on: http://www.monteazulpaulista.sp.gov.br/
A blue flag with an upright yellow cross, and with the municipal arms in the centre on a white disk.
Official website at
http://www.monteazulpaulista.sp.gov.br/novo_site/index.php. The flag is
described on the official site at
Dirk Schönberger, 12 December 2012
Monte Azul Paulista was founded on 29 June 1896 by Felipe Cassiano,
who sculpted a cross in a big tree located neat a huge palm. The event
is reported in the diary of Joaquim da Costa Penha; accordingly, the
local historian João Francisco Massoneto believes that the official
year of foundation, given as 1897, should be corrected. Pieces of land
from the Avanhandava Estate were, indeed, offered in 1897 to establish
the new settlement, then called Patrimônio Senhor Bom Jesus de Monte
Azul. The doubt on the foundation year caused some stir when the 50th
anniversary of the foundation was celebrated, in 1947 and not in 1946
as some inhabitants had wished it.
http://www.camaramonteazul.sp.gov.br/index.php?pg=cidade&tipo=historicocidade - Website of the Municipal Council
The flag of Monte Azul Paulista is blue with a yellow cross; in the middle is placed a white disk charged with the municipal coat of arms. The flag is in size 14 units x 20 units. The width of the cross' arms is 3 units. The diameter of the disk is 8 units. The height of the coat of arms is 6.5 units.
Photos of the flag:
The coat of arms of Monte Azul Paulista, designed by Lauro Ribeiro Escobar, is: "An Iberic shield, or a three-peaked mount azure charged with a cross patty of the first ensigned with three heraldic roses gules slipped vert. The shield surmounted by an eight-towered mural crown argent ports gules. The shield supported dexter by a branch of coffee and sinister by a branch of orange tree the two leaved and fructed proper. Below the shield a scroll gules inscribed with the toponym 'MONTE AZUL PAULISTA' in letters or.
The Iberic shield, used in Portugal at the time of discovery of Brazil, evokes the early colonizers and builders of the country. Or is a symbol of nobleness, wealth, splendor, glory, power, force, faith, prosperity, sovereignty and rule. The mount symbolizes greatness, wisdom, nobleness, firmness. Azure (blue) is a symbol of justice, beauty, sweetness, nobleness, perseverance, incorruptible firmness, glory, virtue, constancy, dignity, zeal and loyalty. The blue mount ("monte azul") also makes the arms canting. The cross patty is a symbol of deep Christian faith and recalls the foundation of Monte Azul Paulista on 29 June 1896, fulfilling a promise made by Felipe Cassiano to the Christ for the sake of his ill wife. The rose is a symbol of hope, immaculate honour, nobleness, and purity. Gules (red) is a symbol of audacity, valour, valiance, intrepidity, honour, nobleness and magnanimity, recalling the early colonizers of the region. The mural crown is a symbol of political emancipation. The open ports are a symbol of hospitality. The branches of coffee and orange tree* recall the fertility of the soil and proclaim agriculture as the main source of income for the municipality.
*Sugarcane and orange are the main crops in Monte Azul Paulista,
covering 10,000 ha each. In 2007, 4,372,000 boxes, each containing
40.8 kg of oranges were produced, as well as 760,000 tonnes of
http://www.camaramonteazul.sp.gov.br/index.php?pg=cidade&tipo=economia - Website of the Municipal Council
Ivan Sache, 15 December 2012