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Alcanhôes Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Alcanhôes, Concelho de Santarém, Distrito de Santarém

Last modified: 2015-02-21 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Alcanhôes commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 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 purple and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, two grapevines fruited Purpure and leaved Vert set in fess, in chief a dragon Gules, in base a fountain Sable spitting water Azure. Mural crown with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black initials: "ALCANHÕES".
The dragon according to a legend was defeated by St. Martha, the local patron saint. The grapevines are stressing the importance of agriculture, especially the growing of fine local vines. The fountain is representing ancient thermae and the local riches of water.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 1 September 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Presentation of Alcanhôes

Alcanhõôs Commune is one of the 18 communes of Santarém Municipality (q.v.); it had 1467 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 11.43 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

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