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Caldas da Rainha Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Caldas da Rainha, Distrito de Leiria

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[Caldas da Rainha municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 21 Mar 2007
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About the Flag

It is an atypical Portuguese municipal flag, with the centred on a field gyronny of eight of purple and yellow (city rank) background). The existence of a tradition of atypical (and “illegal”) representations may account for the fact that this coat of arms and flag are not yet made official, though they are in use for many decades.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 Mar 2007

Coat of arms

[Caldas da Rainha municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Mar 2007

The arms are those of Leonor de Viseu (1458-1525) as Queen-Consort of Portugal (1481-1495): per pale Portugal and Portugal defaced with a chief of Aragon and Two Sicilies. Flanking the shield two smaller shields argent bearing this queen’s and her husband’s badges Or: a pelican in her piety dexter (João II) and a shrimp-catcher. The main shield is topped by a royal coronet.
The usual representations of these arms, both as the queen’s and the city’s, are simplified to have only one single file of castles on the central part of the conjoined borders, the whole arms being discribed as Argent between two crosses of five escutcheons each charged with five plates per saltire a pale Gules charged with five castles Or and on a bordure Gules ten castles Or (etc.) with the aragon chief reduced to a fesslet couped fretty Sable and Argent.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 Mar 2007

"Caldas da Rainha" means "queen’s spa" (or "queen’s bath") and the arms are not just canting about her, they’re her arms: Caldas da Rainha was chosen by this queen to build a thermal hospital, which is still open.
António Martins, 21 Mar 2007 and 22 Mar 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

[Caldas da Rainha municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Presentation of Caldas da Rainha

Caldas da Rainha municipality had 51 403 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 16 communes covering 255,87 km². It is part of Leiria District, traditional province Estremadura, 1999 ref. adm. region Ribatejo e Oeste, C.C.R. / NUTS II Centro, and NUTS III Oeste.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 Mar 2007

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