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Santa Joana Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santa Joana, Concelho de Aveiro, Distrito de Aveiro

Last modified: 2015-12-02 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: santa joana | shield(lozengy) | quina | coronets(3) | crown of thorns |
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[Santa Joana commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 3 Dec 2015
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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 black and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Dec 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, a lozengy shield Argent charged with five inescutcheons Azure set in cross, each one charged with five plates in quincunx, the whole surrounded by three royal coronets Or gemmed Vert and Gules ordered 1:2 connected by a crown of thorns Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "SANTA JOANA - AVEIRO".
A lozengy shield was usually dedicated to noble women. Thus the lozenge with the five quinas is probably alluding to St. Joana, the Princess, the local patron saint.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Dec 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 17 January 1994
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Dec 2015

Presentation of Santa Joana

Santa Joana Commune is one of the ten communes of the Aveiro municipality (q.v.); it had 8094 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 5.9 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Dec 2015

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