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Penela Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Penela, Distrito de Coimbra

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[Penela municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Feb 2007
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue background.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

Coat of arms

[Penela municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Feb 2007

The arms are Argent on a cliff mound Sable emphasized Vert a fortified tower Azure with port and windows of the First and flanked by two bouquets (?) of three wheat ears each Argent tied Gules. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "PENELA".
"Penela" is an old Portuguese (or pehaps Mozarabic) word made from Celtiberian "Pena" ("crag") and the Latin diminutive suffix "-ella": therefore a small rocky hilltop, which the arms seem to show (canting).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

Flag and coat of arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : II Série in 1950.06.03.
António Martins-Tuválkin,

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 Jul 1999

Presentation of Penela

Penela municipality had 6421 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 4 communes covering 132,49 km².. It is part of Coimbra District, traditional province and 1999 ref. adm. region Beira Litoral, C.C.R. / NUTS II Centro, and and NUTS III Pinhal Interior Norte.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Feb 2007

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