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Caravelas Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Caravelas, Concelho de Mirandela, Distrito de Bragança

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[Caravelas commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta and António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Dec 2017
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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.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Dec 2017

Coat of arms

[Caravelas commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 28 Dec 2017

Shield Azure, three caravels Or sailed Argent ordered 2:1. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case serifed letters "CARAVELAS - MIRANDELA".
"caravelas" means "caravels", refering to a kind of ship - the arms are canting. Caravels are ocean going ships (lightweight, lateen sail, great for sailing in uncharted waters, opening routes for bulkier and faster, but less manouverable vessels). Mirandela municipality is deep inland, 100 km away from the nearest coast; the toponym might be unrelated to its apparent meaning and therefore the arms might be punning.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Dec 2017

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 18 September 2000
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Dec 2017

Presentation of Caravelas

Caravelas Commune is one of the 30 communes of Mirandela Municipality; it had 214 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 12.6 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Dec 2017

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