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Avelar Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Avelar, Concelho de Ansião, Distrito de Leiria

Last modified: 2017-01-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and blue.
Sources: here and here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jan 2017

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, a hazel tree Or fruited Gules, between two distaffs Argent, both set in pale, in chief a dove Argent nimbed Or. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black capitals "AVELAR - ANSIÃO" or "VILA DE AVELAR".
The dove refers to the Holy Spirit, probably being the local patron "saint". The name is derived from "avelã" (= hazelnut). Thus the hazel tree (Port.:azeleira) is a canting element.
Source: this webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jan 2017

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 14 August 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jan 2017

Presentation of Avelar

Avelar Commune is one of the six communes of Ansião Municipality; it had 2168 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 8.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jan 2017

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