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Almada, Cova da Piedade, Pragal e Cacilhas United Commune (Portugal)

Last modified: 2015-10-09 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: almada(freguesia) | cova da piedade | pragal | cacilhas | castle | chief(yellow) | cross(santiago) | boat | millstone | cogwheel | rope bridge | compass rose | wheat(sheaf) | lighthouse | adze | wings(pair) |
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União das Freguesias de Almada, Cova da Piedade, Pragal e Cacilhas, Concelho de Almada, Distrito de Setúbal


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Former Almada commune (until 2013)

[Almada commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of dark blue and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, issuant from base a rock Sable and Argent, crowned by a 3-towered castle Or masoned Sable with port and windows Gules, the rock charged with a bar wavy Argent, charged with a barrulet wavy Azure. Chief Or, a cross fleury fitchy Gules flanked by two grapevines Purpure leaved Vert. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "ALMADA".
Meaning:
The castle is symbolizing the local fortress on top of a hill above River Tejo, probably symbolized by the charged bar wavy. The cross is alluding to the Order of Santiago, which played an important role in the region for centuries. All the elements can also be found in the arms of Almada Municipality.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Almada gained town rights in 1190, renewed in 1530 by King Dom Manual I. It was elevated to a city on 21 June 1973.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Presentation of Almada

Almada Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Almada Municipality (q.v.); it had 16 584 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 1.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Former Cova da Piedade commune (until 2013)

[Cova da Piedade commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 6 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain red field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Or, in base a fess wavy Azure charged with two barrulets wavy Argent, issuant from fess a sailing boat Sable rigged Gules, in chief a mallet and a cooper's tool, both black and crossed per saltire, between a millstone Azure at dexter and a cogwheel Sable at sinister. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "COVA DA PIEDADE".
Meaning:
The boat is representing shipbuilding and fishing, the millstone the local flour production, the cogwheel industries and finally mallet and tool the profession of coopers. The fess wavy is representing River Tejo.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 20 February 1998.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Presentation of Cova da Piedade

Cova da Piedade Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Almada Municipality (q.v.); it had 19 904 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 1.4 km². The commune was established on 7 February 1928.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Former Pragal commune (until 2013)

[Pragal commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 6 Oct 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Or, a rope bridge Gules issuant from a base wavy of Azure and Argent, in chief a compass rose Azure, the directions marked by alternating rays of Gules and Azure, flanked by two sheaves of five wheat ears Vert each, both tied Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "PRAGAL".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 21 March 1998
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Presentation of Pragal

Pragal Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Almada Municipality (q.v.); it had 7156 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 2.3 km². The commune was established on 4 October 1985
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


Former Cacilhas commune (until 2013)

[Cacilhas commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Oct 2008

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Oct 2008

Coat of arms

[Cacilhas commune CoA (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Oct 2008

Shield Gules a lighthouse Or masoned Sable between two hand adzes Argent, in chief a pair of wings Or, on base wavy Argent a bar wavy Azure. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters: "CACILHAS"
Meaning:
This former village, now a part of Almada city (and as such of the Greater Lisbon conurbation), has had and still has logistic importance being the best local harbour linking Lisbon to the southern bank of the Tejo (everywhere else being either too steep or too far) — the lighthouse on the arms is connected to that fact; the hand adzes may stand for the local shipbuilding industry (here’s a hand adze in current use) — Cacilhas having been a housing site for workers of the Lisnave shipyard.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Oct 2008

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 25 June 1996
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Oct 2008


Presentation of Cacilhas

Cacilhas Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Almada Municipality (q.v.); it had 6017 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 1.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Oct 2015


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