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Arronches Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-11-06 by antónio martins
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Arronches municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Jul 1999
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About the flag

It’s flag is absolutely typical for this kind of place: a purple over white quartered flag with coat of arms at the centre. The coat of arms has a 4-towered mural crown, a scroll of typical shape reading "ARRONCHES" and a silver shield charged with a red castle with silver door and windows, topped by the portuguese quinas sided by two branches of oak, and a blue wavy stripe below the castle.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

The meaning od the arms is relatively simple to guess: like many border municipalities, Arronches has a fortification (I think medieval, but it may be later), and the castle stands for it; The wavy stripe stands for the river Caia that runs by the town, and the oak branches are symbols of agriculture, being cork one of the main productions of this part of the country (I don’t know about Arronches itself, but it’s likely that it follows the trend of the zone).
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Arronches plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Quartered of purple and white.
Jorge Candeias, 15 Jul 1999

Presentation of Arronches

Arronches is a town that belongs to the Portalegre District, old province of Alto Alentejo, eventually future region of Alentejo. The municipality borders Spain and has an area of 314,5 km², living there less than 3400 people in 3 communes. The municipality is poor and rural as most portuguese inland municipalities.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

Arronches municipality is divided in 3 communes.
António Martins, 2010

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