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Cortegaça Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Cortegaça, Concelho de Ovar, Distrito de Aveiro

Last modified: 2015-08-31 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Cortegaça commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 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 green field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Aug 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent with base wavy of Vert and Argent, except the base wavy the shield is covered by a lattice Gules, issuant from base and superimposing the lattice is Saint Marinha, nimbed Or, dressed Argent and coated Gules with two pens Vert in his right hand and a book Argent on his left arm, around his left foot there is a small dragon Vert. In dexter chief there are five inescutcheons Azure ordered per cross, each one charged with five plates in quincunx. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VILA DE CORTEGAÇA".
The lattice is symbolizing a fishing net and referring to documents from 1613 and 1633, in which a struggle between the fishermen of Cortegaça and nearby Esmoriz is mentioned. It is also referring to the art of producing nets in the area. The close relationship between Santa Marinha and the Couto de Cortegaça since the 12th century til nowadays had been proven by two documents: 1) in Censual da Sé do Porto (1174-1185) referring to a local church dedicated to the saint, and 2) named explicitely as "Santa Marinha de Couto de Cortegaça" in 1825. The quinas refer to King Dom Sancho I, granted as a mark of honour and confirmed in 1288 by King Dom Dinis. The base wavy, having green waves, is referring to the Atlantic.
municipal webpage of Ovar
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Aug 2015

Presentation of Cortegaça

Cortegaça Commune is one of the five communes of the Ovar municipality (q.v.); it had 3837 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 10.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Aug 2015

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