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Palmela Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Palmela, Concelho de Palmela, Distrito de Setúbal

Last modified: 2015-05-29 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Palmela commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 May 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of white and red.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 May 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, a sword cross Gules and a grapevine Purpure leaved Vert, both ordered per pale, the whole surrounded by an embattled orle Sable. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "FREGUESIA DE PALMELA".
The sword cross is referring to the Military Order of Santiago. Its seat had been in Palmela and its knights were also called the "Brothers of Palmela". The grapevine is symbolizing the production of famous vines in Palmela. The embattled orle is referring to Palmela Castle, the most important local monument. King Dom Joćo I established a Masters Convent and made it the head of the Order of Santiago.
According to some writers the quartered field of white and red had been the heart of the first arms of Palmela.
Source: communal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 May 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 27 October 2008
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 May 2015

Presentation of Palmela

Palmela Commune is one of the four communes of the Palmela municipality (q.v.); it had 17 455 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 104.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 May 2015

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