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Benquerenças Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Benquerenças, Concelho de Castelo Branco, Distrito de Castelo Branco

Last modified: 2016-03-13 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Benquerenças commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 13 July 2009
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field (village rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 July 2009

Coat of arms

[Benquerenças commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 13 July 2009

The arms are Purpure a daisy Argent eradicated seeded Or, in chief a goat passant Argent between two millstones Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "BENQUERENÇAS".
"Benquerença" (sing.) means "well-wish(ing)"; no canting. Back in 1993 me and vexillologist José Luís Mendes (with local ancestry) devised a CoA proposal for this commune which was (IIRRC) Vair and on a chief Sable an ant passant Or, which was not considered at the time (flag was proposed to be quartered of vair and black, would would have been unique.).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 July 2009

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 3 January 2002
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 July 2009

Presentation of Benquerenças

Benquerenças Commune is one of the 19 communes of Castelo Branco Municipality (q.v.); it had 720 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 61.0 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Mar 2016

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