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Amarante, Madalena, Cepelos e Gatão Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Amarante, Madalena, Cepelos e Gatão, Concelho de Amarante, Distrito do Porto

Last modified: 2014-08-21 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Madalena (Amarante) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 7 June 2009
flag of former Madalena commune
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Former Madalena Commune (until 2013)

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of blue and yellow (town rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 June 2009

Coat of arms

[Madalena (Amarante) commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 7 June 2009

The arms are Or a vase with lid Purpure garnished Sable, in chief two heraldical fountains. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "MADALENA - AMARANTE".
The Commune being equivalent to a Catholic parish named for and patroned by Saint Mary Magdalen, the box in the arms is probably meant to be canting, showing the myrrh / ointment container / box / vase which are attributes of this saint.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 June 2009

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série in 2002.07.31
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 June 2009

Presentation of Madalena

Madalena Commune wass one of the pre-2013 communes of Amarante Municipality (q.v.), being one of the urban communes of the municipality seat; formely known as Gestaçô, a town and seat of a municipality from 1514 to the beginning of the 19th century. It had 1864 inhabitants in 2001 and covered 2,42 km². This is one of seven Portuguese municipalities having this name.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 June 2009

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