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Almeida Municipality (Portugal)

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Almeida municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 28 Jan 2009
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About the flag

According to my sources, the flag has a plain reddish purple field with the coat of arms in the centre. However, I believe that the official descriptions of the flags do not include this colour, so, officially, it may be either red or purple. The coat of arms has a four-towered mural crown, a greenish yellow shield charged with a red castle with a blue door, and a scroll with a single word: "ALMEIDA".
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

Coat of arms

Almeida municipal CoA
image by Sérgio Horta, 28 Jan 2009

There is not much guessing to do with this coat of arms. Almeida is an unusual place, because it’s a town completely surrounded by beautiful defensive walls in the shape of a 10-pointed star, so the castle is a reference to that.
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Presentation of Almeida

Almeida is a town that belongs to the district of Guarda, old province of Beira Alta, future region of Beira Interior, near the border with Spain. Its municipality has 520,6 km2 and about 9500 inhabitants living in 29 communes. It’s economy is mostly rural. I believe that this is one of the municipalities claimed by the leonese irredentists.
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 1998

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