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Matriz Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Matriz, Concelho de Borba, Distrito de Évora

Last modified: 2014-10-18 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Matriz commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain green field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014

Coat of arms

[Matriz commune CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014

The arms are Argent, three heraldic fountains of Azure and Argent ordered per fess, between a fleur-de-lis Azure in central chief and a bunch of grapes Purpure leaved green. Mural crown with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "BORBA - MATRIZ".
According to Sérgio Horta the fountains are alluding to "Fonte das Bicas", where the water comes out of three tubes. The lily is an attribute of Our Lady of the Snows, the local patron saint. The grapes are symbolizing the famous wines of Borba. The base colour of the shield is alluding the main business line of the community, the cutback of white marble. The arms were designed by Eduardo Lourenço Brito.
Source: I spotted this flag on 2 Oct 2013 in the commune's building of Matriz.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014

Flag and arms were adopted and published in Diário da República: III Série on 29 January 1998
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014

Presentation of Matriz

Matriz is one of the two urban communes of Borba Municipality. It had 3779 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 41,32 km². "Matriz" means "seat" and it is indeed the seat of Borba municipality.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Oct 2014

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