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Vau Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Vau, Concelho de Óbidos, Distrito de Leiria

Last modified: 2016-03-19 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vau commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Aug 2010
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a quartered of green and white field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Aug 2010

Coat of arms

[Vau commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Aug 2010

The arms are wavy of ten Argent and Vert on a pale between two crescents recumbent Gules, in base a pair of oars Sable tied Gules, in chief an inescutcheon Azure ten plates set 2:3:2:3. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VAU".
"Vau" means "ford" (cp. "wade") and the pale on waves plus the oars on the CoA refer to that (canting). The green waves refer to the location at the seashore. Inescutcheon and crescents refer to the municipal arms of Óbidos.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Aug 2010

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 6 July 1995
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Aug 2010

Presentation of Vau

Vau Commune is one of the seven communes of Óbidos Municipality (q.v.); it had 952 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 32.9 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Mar 2016

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