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Salsas Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Salsas, Concelho de Bragança, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-08-20 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Salsas commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 27 June 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 June 2016

Coat of arms

[Salsas commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 27 June 2016

Shield Or, two parsley twigs Vert with their stem tips tied Azure and crossed per saltire, in chief three halfpipe-shaped, clay roof tiles Gules set in fess, in base a folk mask Azure pierced Sable (as usual holes get to show other than the background colour). Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll (Bénard Guedes style) reading in black upper case letters "SALSAS".
The word "_salsas_" meaning "parsley", but this toponym derives from an unrelated homonym, a kind of Catholic altarware item - the twigs of parsely on the arms are therefore a case of punning heraldry. The roof tiles further refer to the local traditional clay industry.
Source: this webpage and this image
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 June 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 7 October 2002
António Martins-Tuválkin,

Presentation of Salsas

Salsas Commune is one of the 39 communes of Bragança Municipality; it had 389 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 26.1 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 June 2016

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