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City Hall and HotelsRIO return historic flags of the city of Rio to their rightful place

Today our city dawned more glamorous!!!?

HoteisRIO, through a partnership with the City of Rio, through the Secretariat of Conservation, is returning the city's historic flags, an important symbol for Rio's residents.

The central median of Avenida Princesa Isabel has 13 masts for raising the set of Brazilian flags, which is formed from the first, used at the time of the Discovery of Brazil to the current one, totaling 13 flags.

All the flags that symbolized Brazil until the Proclamation of the Republic were Portuguese and were used in the country from Pedro Álvares Cabral until 1822, marking and symbolizing different periods in the life of the new nation that was to come.

Displaying these flags brings a little of the history of our country, unknown to many Brazilians. Rescue our history, value it and publicize it.

? When you pass by Avenida Princesa Isabel, don't forget to look up and enjoy our flags!!! ?


Check out the history of the flags:

Before the current one, Brazil had 12 more flags. This story is retold in this set, traditionally
located in Copacabana.

Opened in 1996, included in the Rio Cidade program, the central median of Avenida Princesa Isabel has 13 masts for raising the set of Brazilian flags, which is formed from the first, used at the time of the Discovery of Brazil to the current one, totaling 13 flags.

The distribution begins next to the entrance and exit tunnels of the Copacabana neighborhood and ends with our current flag, next to the statue of Princess Isabel, on Avenida Atlântica.
Displaying these flags brings a little of the history of our country, unknown to many Brazilians and especially foreigners, who stay in the four hotels on the Avenue. It’s about rescuing our history, valuing it and publicizing it.

Telling a little about the history of flags:
All the flags that symbolized Brazil until the Proclamation of the Republic were Portuguese and were used in the country from Pedro Álvares Cabral until 1822, marking and symbolizing different periods in the life of the new nation that was to come.

1 – PORTUGUESE AMERICA (1500 TO 1816)
The first flag was used at a time when Brazilian territory was only part of Portuguese America and did not have its own flag. And so, by tradition, Portugal raised the flag of the kingdom in all territories belonging to its Crown.

2 – ORDER OF CHRIST (1319 TO 1651)
From this period came the flag of the “Order of Christ”, which was an association (entity) that sponsored the great Portuguese navigations, and its flag arrived in Brazil along with the caravels of Pedro Álvares Cabral, printed on its sails. This was the national symbol of the Portuguese and was the first flag raised on Brazilian soil.

3- ROYAL FLAG (1500 TO 1521)
The next was the “Royal Flag” which was also used on vessels that arrived in Brazilian territory, however, despite being the official one, it gave way to the Order of Christ on expeditions at sea. The Royal Flag was created by João II (1455-1495) of Portugal, and contained the white royal standard along with the country's coat of arms.

4 – FLAG OF DOM JOÃO III (1521 TO 1616)
This flag was used during the reign of Dom João III of Portugal and marked important moments in the history of Brazil, such as the colonizing expeditions of 1530, the hereditary captaincies in 1534, the creation of the General Governments in 1549 and the division of Brazilian territory into two Governments.

5 – FLAG OF THE SPANISH DOMINION (1616 TO 1640)
The fifth flag of Brazil was the “Flag of the Spanish Dominion” which was in force while Portugal was occupied by Spain, between 1616 and 1640. The Flag of the Spanish Dominion was created by the king of Spain and Portugal Felipe II (known as Filipe III in Spain) . The new flag maintained the shield and crown of the Portuguese flag, but were surrounded by five branches on each side. It is worth remembering that during the period that this flag was used in Brazil, the Dutch invasions of the Northeast and the beginning of the bandeirante expansion took place.

6 – RESTORATION FLAG (1640 TO 1656)
With the Spanish eviction, the “Restoration Flag” was created, representing the resurgence of the Portuguese Kingdom. Dom João IV was the king who instituted this new flag, maintaining the coat of arms of Portugal, and adding a blue border, which represents the veneration of the country's patron saint, Nossa Senhora da Conceição.

7- FLAG OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF BRAZIL (1645 TO 1816)
The “Flag of the Principality” was the first created exclusively for Brazil, when Dom João IV conferred the title of “Prince of Brazil” on his son Theodósio, causing the territory to be considered a principality. Despite being the first exclusive flag, it was not the first national flag, as Brazil was not yet considered an independent nation.

8 – DOM PEDRO II FLAG (1683 TO 1706)
Unlike the others, the “Flag of Dom Pedro II” was used at the height of the bandeirantes' expeditions, between 1683 and 1706. For the first time, the green rectangle was included, which is still used in the current Brazilian flag.

9 – ROYAL FLAG FROM THE 17TH CENTURY (1600 TO 1700)
The ninth flag of Brazil was created by Dom Pedro II and used as the official symbol of the Kingdom, along with the flag of restoration, the Principality of Brazil and the Flag of Dom Pedro II. A chain was added to this flag, and the red cross of the Order of Christ.

10 – KINGDOM OF BRAZIL FLAG (1815 TO 1822)
The Flag of the Kingdom of Brazil was created with the arrival of the royal family to Brazil in 1808, marked by a series of changes in the Kingdom. One of them was the elevation of the title of principality to United Kingdom, in 1815, which caused the current flag to change again.

11 – FLAG OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF PORTUGAL, BRAZIL AND ALGARVE (1816 TO 1821)
Exactly in 1815 the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarve was created, but the Kingdom only had its flag in May 1816. Brazil was represented in the new flag by the blue sphere. This flag presided over the struggles against the incorporation of the Province of Cisplatina and the Pernambuco Revolution of 1817.

12- FLAG OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL REGIME (1821 TO 1822)
Finally, this was the last Portuguese flag to fly in Brazil as a colony, created a year after the absolute monarchy was abolished in Portugal, establishing the constitutional regime. It was the flag in force between 1821 and 1822 and was present during the Grito do Ipiranga, on September 7, 1822, which began the political emancipation of Brazil.

13 – ends with our current flag, next to the statue of Princess Isabel

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