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Vilar de Andorinho Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Vilar de Andorinho, Concelho de Vila Nova de Gaia, Distrito do Porto

Last modified: 2016-01-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vilar de Andorinho commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 11 Dec 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent with base wavy of Azure and Argent, issuant from base a rock sable, crowned by a swallow Proper, in chief an ancient mural crown Gules flanked by two onions Vert leaved of the same. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "VILAR DE ANDORINHO".
The swallow (Port.: andorinha) is a canting element. The name "Andorinho" probably is derived from "Adonorigo" or "Andoninus", patron saint of the old parish church of Vilar de Febres, which had been the former name of the location according to a document from 1146. The mural crown is representing the former rank of a town (vilar). The mountain is representing Monte da Virgem (= virgin's mountain). The onions are referring to the "ceboleiros", farmers, which exported high quality onions to England until the beginning of the 20th century. The base wavy is representing local Febres River.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 8 May 1996
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2015

Presentation of Vilar de Andorinho

Vilar de Andorinho Commune is one of the 15 communes of the Vila Nova de Gaia municipality (q.v.); it had 18 155 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 6.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2015

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