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Vale de Azares Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Vale de Azares, Concelho de Celorico da Beira, Distrito da Guarda

Last modified: 2018-07-13 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vale de Azares commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 13 Feb 2010
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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 (village rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 Feb 2010

Coat of Arms

[Vale de Azares commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Feb 2010

The arms are Or two watermill wheels Gules and a lyre Azure both garnished Argent and in base a valley Vert semy of quatrefoils Argent seeded Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll (Bénard Guedes style) reading "VALE DE AZARES" in black upper case letters.
"vale de azares" means "valley of mishaps", as in those caused by bad luck, so the arms are not canting but are certainly a pun on the toponym, the clovers (quatrefoils) making it even possible of being construed as a talisman (lucky charm). The lyre and the watermill wheels refer probably to local cultural and protoindustrial activities.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 Feb 2010

Flag adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 15 October 2003
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 Feb 2010

Presentation of Vale de Azares

Vale de Azares Commune is one of the 16 communes of Celorico da Beira Municipality; it had 400 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 9.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2018

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