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Bouça Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Bouça, Concelho de Mirandela, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2018-04-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Bouça commune] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018
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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.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018

Coat of arms

[Bouça commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 4 Mar 2018

Shield Azure, a menhir Argent, accompanied by three garlic sausages Or, stringed Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case serifed letters "BOUÇA - MIRANDELA".
The garlic sausage (alheira) is a kosher meat delicacy of northeastern Portugal, details see here. Its Mirandela variant is famous.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018


[Bouça commune variant] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018

A variant of this design can be seen, part of a collection of images which includes mostly accurate communal arms depictions. This shows a shield Purpure, charged with a menhir Argent on a plinth Argent and two maize ears Or, leafed Argent, and a garlic sausage Or all set in cross. Thescroll, of the short typonym type, yields only "BOUÇA" I presume this design was a previous proposal suggested to (or by?) the Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP). The colour of the flag, it was proposed along with, are unknown, although the same plain yellow of the eventually adopted version is certainly possible.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 25 Mar 2018

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: II Série on 23 February 2012
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018

Presentation of Bouça

Bouça Commune is one of the 30 communes of Mirandela Municipality; it had 261 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 13.6 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Mar 2018

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