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Santo André Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santo André, Concelho de Montalegre, Distrito de Vila Real

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[Santo André (Montalegre) unofficial commune flag] 2:3, image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024
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Santo André Commune


It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Source: Sérgio Horta´s webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024

Coat of Arms

[Santo André (Montalegre) commune CoA #1]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024
[Santo André (Montalegre) commune CoA #2]
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024

The communal arms are slightly atypical. Shield white (sic!) a gyron Argent issuant from base and overall a saltire Vert notched per billet and flanked by two wheat ears Or on flanches and two way crosses Sable on base and chief, base barruly wavy of four of Azure and Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case serifed letters "SANTO ANDRÉ" (see left image above).
The overall shape of the base-side silver quadrant of the notched saltire yields a stylised outline of the local Larouco Mountain peak Portuguese WIKIMEDIA and Portuguese WIKIMEDIA Three heraldic errors are evident, namely the coexistence of white and silver, the gold-on-silver nature of the wheat ears, and the unusual shape of the saltire. Additionally, CHAAP custom doesn´t usually allow gyrons, mistaken for partitions. Even if all these could be accepted in separate (there are examples of each in CHAAP approved coats of arms), they being here all at once may explain why these arms haven´t yet been officialised — see Sérgio Horta´s webpage.
Hiperglobal shows for this coat of arms what seems to be a somewhat corrected version (see right image above) of the unofficial one in use: The whole field of the shield is uniformly Argent and the notch on the saltire is gone (thus losing the intended iconic symbolism); oddly the metal-on-metal heraldic error is partly maintained as the dexter wheat ear stays unmodified, while at sinister a bunch of grapes (Purple leafed Vert) is shown instead.
The saltire on the coat of arms (either version) as attribute of the name giver Santo André (English: St. Andrew) is therefore canting.
Source: Hiperglobal webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024

Published in Diário da República: III Série on ,
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024

Presentation of Santo André

Santo André is one of the 17 communes of Montalegre Municipality not affected by the 2013 changes ; it had 149 inhabitants in 2021 and covers 19,82 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 June 2024

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