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Almada Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Almada, Distrito de Setúbal

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[Almada municipality] 2:3 image by Jorge Candeias, 7 June 1998
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny of light blue and yellow.
Jorge Candeias, 7 June 1998

Coat of arms

The arms have a 5-towered mural crown, a typical scroll reading "CIDADE DE ALMADA" and a blue shield, charged with a yellow castle over a black hill and three wavy lines silver-blue-silver. The castle has three towers, the central one is charged with a Santiago cross, and the lateral towers are charged with old portuguese "quinas", each with 16 plates in a pattern of 4:3:4:3:2.
Jorge Candeias, 7 June 1998


As for the symbolism, the river is quite obvious and the cross refers to the first Portuguese settlers of this region, the Santiago Order. Castles are probably the most often motive on Portuguese municipal arms — there was a castle in Almada, but there’s nothing left of it for centuries. (There are other more recent fortresses in the municipality, but I dont think the arms refer to them.) As for the rest, well, Old Almada is up on a small hill (but it is not at all black, but rather yellowish); and the quinas are also a common motive, usually attributed to municipalities (or communes) with some regal background.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 June 1998

Version without Coat of Arms

[Almada municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Presentation of Almada

Almada is a city located in front of Lisbon, across the Tejo estuary. It is a typical dormitory-city, largely populated by people that work in Lisboa. It’s economy is, therefore, very dependent of Lisboa, and is largely made up of services, though there are in the municipality some industries and touristic resources. The municipality belongs to the district of Setúbal, old province of Estremadura and possibly will belong to the region of Lisboa-e-Setúbal. It’s a small municipality (70 km².), but heavily populated (over 152 000 inhabitants in 11 communes) and has coast both in the estuary and in the ocean. Here, there is a small protected natural area.
Jorge Candeias, 7 June 1998

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