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Rio Frio Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Rio Frio, Concelho de Arcos de Valdevez, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2015-12-28 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Rio Frio (Arcos de Valdevez) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 2 Jan 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain red field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Jan 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, a fess wavy Azure charged with a barrulet wavy Argent, in chief a cross patty Gules charged with a Greek cross Argent at dexter and a rounded cross patty Gules at sinister, in chief on a red disc a Paschal Lamb. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "RIO FRIO - ARCOS DE VALDEVEZ".
The Paschal Lamb is an attribute of St. John the Baptist, the local patron saint, the crosses are alluding to the Orders of the Knights of Christ and of the Templars. The fess wavy is a canting element.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Jan 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 10 August 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Jan 2016

Presentation of Rio Frio

Rio Frio Commune is one of the 36 communes of the Arcos de Valdevez municipality (q.v.); it had 684 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 19.3 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Jan 2016

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