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Santa Maria de Emeres Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santa Maria de Emeres (Santa Maria d'Émeres), Concelho de Valpaços, Distrito

Last modified: 2016-03-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Santa Maria de Emeres commune] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2016
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About the Flag

It is an atypical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field parted per bend into light blue over white.
The diagonal division of the flag background is interesting in that it may be a naive deduction - logical, even if wrong -, from observation of other flags: If cities have flags divided in 8 fields, and towns have flags divided in 4 fields, then villages should have only two fields in their flags, right?… The actual legal practice is, as we know, less logical and less easy to deduce and apply. (The peculiarity of the arms is less interesting, being merely yet another example of "folk" heraldry.)
provisional, 16 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

The arms are of an unusual design: shield parted per fess, above Azure (celestial blue) a mountain Proper, beneath parted per pale: Argent a bunch of grapes Argent leaved Vert at dexter, Argent an olive twig Vert fruited of the Same at sinister, over all a bar parted per pale into Vert and Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll "FREG.S.ta MARIA D' ÉMERES"
This design is in local use, sponsored by the communal government, see photo within communal webpage
here within communal webpage
and page head of communal webpage
But both the flag and the arms are in disagreement with the applicable law and don't stand a chance of being approved by the Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP) and made official.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2016

Presentation of Santa Maria de Emeres

Santa Maria de Emeres (Santa Maria d'Émeres) Commune is one of the 25 communes of Valpaços Municipality; it had 406 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 16.7 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2016

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