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Vila Verde dos Francos Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Vila Verde dos Francos, Concelho de Alenquer, Distrito de Lisboa

Last modified: 2015-10-25 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vila Verde dos Francos commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 23 Aug 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 green.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, an embattled fortress Vert masoned Sable with two towers between a fleur-de-lis Gules in central chief and a grapevine Purpure leaved Vert in base. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VILA VERDE DOS FRANCOS".
The castle is referring to the fortress, erected by French Crusaders, who helped the Portuguese conquering Lisboa. As it is green, it is also a canting element. The fleur-de-lis is reminding to the French people and thus another canting element, and it might be an attribute of Our Lady of the Angels, the local paton saint, as well. The grapevine is symbolizing viticulture.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 11 February 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Presentation of Vila Verde dos Francos

Vila Verde dos Francos Commune is one of the 11 communes of the Alenquer municipality (q.v.); it had 1162 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 28.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

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