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Estremoz Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Estremoz, Distrito de Évora

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[Estremoz municipality] 2:3 image by André Serranho, 6 Sep 2003
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a green field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Sep 2003

Coat of arms

[Estremoz municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 6 Sep 2003

The coat of arms is sable on a mond vert issuant from a base sable an aspen tree (Latin: Populus tremula) sable flanked by two castles argent masoned sable each above a fortress likewise, in chief an inescutcheon with Portugal modern flanked by a sun or sinister and a moon argent dexter and by a pair of 8-point stars or. Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "ESTREMOZ".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Sep 2003

This is the kind of cluttered heraldic achievements that apparently are favoured by the Portuguese Heraldry Institute
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Sep 2003

I’ve just been to and I can say, to the Institute’s defence, that a very old looking church in the village (either romanic or gothic style, I wasn’t sure), near the castle and the pousada, is ornated with a rectangular stone upon which were carved the elements of the current coat-of-arms, although I think the Portuguese shield was simpler, perhaps only a quina. The stone looked quite worn and I don’t think it would have been a modern installation: I think the current arms are based to a large extent in an older medieval grant.
João Madureira, 9 Sep 2003

Flag and arms were approved on 5 March 1951
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Sep 2003

Version without Coat of Arms

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Estremoz

Estremoz municipality had 14 960 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in nine communes, covering 514 km². It belongs to the Évora District and to the old province of Alto Alentejo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Sep 2003

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