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Quarteira Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Quarteira, Concelho de Loulé, Distrito de Faro

Last modified: 2015-04-18 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Quarteira commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny of blue and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

[Quarteira commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Apr 2015

Shield Azure, a base wavy of Argent and Vert charged with a coin Sable displaying a human profile lined Argent, above an embattled tower issuant Argent masoned Sable with port and windows Azure, on top charged with an insecutcheon Ermine, flanked by two dolphins forcene Argent, one of them (dexter) topped by three sugar canes Or ordered per fan, the other (sinister) by an anchor Or. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "QUARTEIRA".
Meaning:
The coin is one of those of Carteia from 500 BC, issued by Carthaginians and Romans. The coin is also symbolizing the old age of the city. The green and white waves are symbolizing a location on the shores of the ocean. The dolphins are symbolizing the calm sea and the dolphin fishery in the past, done by tridents. Dolphins had been preserved in barrels with salt and had been important victuals of the ancient seafarers. The anchor is symbolizing seafaring and tourism. The canes are symbolizing the large sugar cane plantations, the first in Europe, which had been implemented by King D. João I. The ermine shield is reminding on the Lords of Barretos, local rulers in the past. The silver tower is representing the local fortification, defending the coast, the old fort, the new fort and the watch tower, all located between Gil Eanes Street and Gonçalo Velho Street.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015

Former flag (until 2000)

[Quarteira commune (- 2000)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015

It was a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of blue and white. The Coat of Arms was nearly the same like the current one, but the inscription was: "VILA DE QUARTEIRA" and the former arms had a mural crown with just four towers (town rank).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015

Quarteira gained the rank of a city on 13 May 1999. Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 30 March 2000
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015


Presentation of Quarteira

Quarteira Commune is the biggest of the nine communes of the Loulé municipality (q.v.); it had 21 575 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 37.8 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Apr 2015


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