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Santa Valha Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santa Valha, Concelho de Valpaços, Distrito de Vila Real

Last modified: 2016-03-21 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Santa Valha commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 17 Mar 2016
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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.
Source: this photo
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

[Santa Valha commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 17 Mar 2016

Shield Azure a ram passant Argent emphasized Sable. in dexter chief a bunch of grapes Purpure leaved Or, in sinister chief a twig of olive Or fruited Or and emphasized Sable. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "SANTA VALHA".
Sources: this webpage and heraldry page of the official website of the commune,
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 16 September 2008
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 Mar 2016

Presentation of Santa Valha

Santa Valha Commune is one of the 25 communes of Valpaços Municipality; it had 415 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 26.9 km². The name of this commune resembles a (Catholic) female saint honorific, but there's no actual saint by that name. The local Catholic patron is Saint Eulalia (as usual, one's never sure which of the two: the one of Barcelona or the one of Merida) and the name might come from a corrupted form of that: Santa Olaia.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 Mar 2016

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