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Alfândega da Fé Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2014-06-29 by klaus-michael schneider
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Alfândega da Fé municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Sep 2006
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About the flag

A typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a plain white background. Arms and flag approved by law and published in the official journal Diário do Governo, I Série of 1935.04.27.
António Martins, 22 Sep 2006 and 23 Sep 2006

Coat of arms

Alfândega da Fé municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Sep 2006

The coat of arms is sable a tower argent masoned of the first open and litten gules surrounded in chief by an arc of seven bees or pointing to the center. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE ALFÂNDEGA DA FÉ".
António Martins, 22 Sep 2006 and 23 Sep 2006


Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999


Presentation of Alfândega da Fé

"Alfândega da fé" means litteraly "Faith Toll" and apparently this is not refered in the arms. Alfândega da Fé municipality had 5688 inhabitants in 2000, and it is divided in 20 communes, covering 332,0 km². It belongs to the Bragança District, to the traditional province and would be administrative region Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, and to the current NUT2/CCR region Norte.
António Martins, 22 Sep 2006


Commune flags

Sambade Commune

Sambade commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Oct 2008

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It is a fairly typical portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a plain green background. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série in 2003.08.20:

Escudo de prata, com castanheiro arrancado, de verde, com ouriços de ouro, abertos de vermelho, entre dois livros abertos de ouro, encadernados de azul. Coroa mural de prata de três torres. Listel branco, com a legenda a negro: "SAMBADE".
António Martins, 18 Oct 2008

Coat of arms
Sambade commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 19 Oct 2008

The arms are Argent a chestnut tree Vert erradicated of the same and with eight fruits Or open Gules flanked by two open books Or bound Azure. Mural crown argent with three visible towers (commune rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "Sambade". The banner should have silvery and green tassels and cord, and golden pole with spear finial.
António Martins, 18 Oct 2008

Sérgio Horta’s website quotes the local government about the meaning of the arms: It says that the chestnut tree stands for the local importance of chestnut trees and that the books stand for local writers and the local’s erudition…
António Martins, 18 Oct 2008

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Presentation of Sambade

Sambade Commune is one of the 20 communes of Alfândega da Fé Municipality; it had 2117 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 2,72 km².
António Martins, 18 Oct 2008


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