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Arcas Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Arcas, Concelho de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-05-03 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: arcas | dolmen | wheel(bladed) |
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[Arcas commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Mar 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field. The shape of the scroll is not the most usual but the one favoured by heraldrist José Bénard Guedes and some times used also by others.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

[Arcas commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 22 Mar 2016

Shield Azure three dolmens Argent emphasized Sable, set two and one, in chief a torture wheel Or with its blades Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "ARCAS"
Meaning:
The word "arcas" means "chests" or "trunks". I don't know if it is also a local form of "dolmen" - if so, the arms are canting. Regardless of the name, the arms show tokens of local neolithic heritage and apparently of the local patron St. Catherine (bladed wheel).
Sources: this webpage, communal webpage and this photo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 1 September 2003
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Mar 2016


Presentation of Arcas

Arcas Commune is one of the 30 communes of Macedo de Cavaleiros Municipality; it had 262 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 32.1 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 Mar 2016


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