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Ventosa Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Ventosa, Concelho de Alenquer, Distrito de Lisboa

Last modified: 2015-08-29 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Ventosa (Alenquer) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 23 Aug 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Vert, a windmill's wheel Sable rigged Argent between two rounded crosses patty Gules ordered per fess in chief and a branch of vine Or connected in base and surrounding a lunel Argent with an 8-point-star Gules in its centre. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VENTOSA - ALENQUER".
The crosses are alluding to the Order of the Templars, former rulers of the lands across Ventosa, who cultivated the area by clearing the landsape and introduced viticulture, which is also symbolozed by the branches. Windmills were important in the past in order to produce flour. Lunel and star are taken from the arms of Sebastião José de Carvalho, Viscount of Chanceleiros, who revolutionised the local viticulture completely, especially by protecting the grapes from vine fretters.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 6 September 1995
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

Presentation of Ventosa

Ventosa Commune is one of the 11 communes of the Alenquer municipality (q.v.); it had 2173 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 22.2 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Aug 2015

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