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Ribeira Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Ribeira, Concelho de Ponte de Lima, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2015-04-04 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Ribeira (Ponte de Lima) commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2015

Coat of arms

Shield chequered of Vert and Or, six pieces per fess and five pieces per pale, superimposed by a bar wavy Argent charged with a barrulet wavy Azure between a Greek cross Argent in chief and a crescent accompanied by a 5-point star - both Gules - in base. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "RIBEIRA - PONTE DE LIMA".
"Ribeira" means "river banks" and is located just east of Ponte de Lima, Thus the fess wavy is probably a canting element symbolizing river Lima. The other symbols may symbolize that the river had been a border between Moorish and Christian territory in the Middle Ages.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Carlos Alberto Mouteira Fernandes. Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 23 December 2004
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2015

Presentation of Ribeira

Ribeira Commune is one of the 39 communes of the Ponte de Lima municipality (q.v.); it had 1902 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 9.8 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2015

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