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Amadora Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-12-03 by antónio martins
Keywords: amadora | coat of arms: bridge | arches: 3 | windsock | propeller | bush | pomegranate | mina | coat of arms (chief) | windmill wheel | pomegranate | mine | mound: 3 coupeaux |
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Amadora municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 14 Jul 1999
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About the flag

It’s flag is a typical gyronny of green over white with one of the ugliest coats of amrs in portuguese municipal heraldry, in my humble opinion. It includes a 5-towered mural crown (with an unusual shape; all my sources present it this way, so I guess it’s the way it is used), and a scroll (also unusual) that reads "CIDADE DA AMADORA". The shield is green, has in chef a yellowish airplane propeller and a silver windsock, then an aqueduct and below a pomegranate tree also in that yellowish colour of the propeller, with fruits with something red within.
Jorge Candeias, 25 Jul 1998

At the present time Amadora does not have any airfield. However, in the 1920s a small airfield (the 1st in Portugal) was located here. The first air-travel from Portugal to Brazil had is departure from Amadora. The Captain of the airplane was Adm. Gago Coutinho, a well knowned Portuguese celebrity. This justifies the airplane propeller and a silver windsock on the Amadora’s flag.
Jorge Fernandes, 15 Apr 2003

The arches represent the famous Free Waters Aqueduct (Aqueduto das Águas Livres), which brings water from Sintra hills to Lisbon, streching some 30 km through these three municipalities. It was finished in the 1770ies and includes the largest masonry only arch ever built, located in the Campolide commune — local coat of arms also displays the aqueduct (like others along its way).
António Martins, 20 Sep 1998

The tree is a pomegranate tree, one of the Amadora symbols. The explanation is somewhat awkward, and hard to explain in English, but it follows:

  • "Pomegranate" = "Romã" in Portuguese.
  • "Romã", read backwards is "amor" ("love" in Portuguese).
  • "Amadora" is "she-lover", the female that loves ("amadora" is a female noun. In Portuguese, a city usually is a female noun).
Miguel dos Reis, 24 Sep 2001

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Version without the coat of arms

Amadora plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Green and white gyronny.
Jorge Candeias, 14 Jul 1999

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Presentation of Amadora

Amadora is a dormitory city of Lisbon, one of the smallest portuguese municipalities (24 km²), and one of the most populated (187 000 inh.; 175 534 in 2000, cesus data) divided in 8 communes. It is placed to the northwest of Lisbon, in its district and in the old province of Estremadura, future Lisboa-e-Setúbal region.
Jorge Candeias, 25 Jul 1998

The former commune was dettached from the Oeiras municipality on 11 September 1979. At once was created the municipality of Amadora and the town was promoted to the rank of city.
Francisco Santos, 16 Apr 2003

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Commune flags

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Mina Commune

Mina commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Aug 2008

It is a fairly typical portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a plain white background. The banner should have silvery and green tassels and cord, and golden pole and spear finial. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série in 1997.02.06.
António Martins, 15 Aug 2008

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Arms detail

Mina communal arms
image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Aug 2008

The arms are Argent three windmill wheels of eight arms Sable dressed Gules set in fess and issuant from the base three mounds Vert with the middle one charged with a mine entrance Argent masoned Sable open and litten of two windows Sable and on a chief Vert a pommegrenate tree Argent erradicated and fruited of the Same and the fruits cracked Gules. Mural crown argent with three visible towers (commune rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "Mina -Amadora". Original blazon:

Escudo de prata, três montes de verde, moventes da ponta e, sobreposto a cada um, uma armação de moinho de negro, vestida e cordoada de vermelho, o monte do centro carregado com um entrada de mina de prata, lavrada de negro, com a porta e duas janelas do mesmo; chefe de verde, carregado de uma romãzeira arrancada de prata, frutada do mesmo e com os frutos rachados de vermelho. Coroa mural de prata de três torres. Listel branco com a legenda a negro, em maiúsculas: "MINA - AMADORA".
António Martins, 15 Aug 2008

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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

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Presentation of Mina

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Mina Commune was created in 1997, dettached from São Brás Commune; it is one of the eleven communes of the Amadora Municipality; it had 18 915 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 2,76 km². "Mina" is Portuguese for "mine", of which there is a denotative canting element in the arms; in this case, though, it stands for a "water mine", i.e. a natural spring. A faithful depiction of a local landmark is shown which is against legal prescription.
António Martins, 15 Aug 2008


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