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Enxara do Bispo, Gradil e Vila Franca do Rosário United Commune (Portugal)

Last modified: 2015-07-03 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: enxara do bispo | gradil | vila franca do rosario | mitre | wheat(ear) | star(8-point) | lattice | coronet | crescent(recumbent) | windmill(wheel) | rosary |
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União das Freguesias de Enxara do Bispo, Gradil e Vila Franca do Rosário, Concelho de Mafra, Distrito de Lisboa


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Former Enxara do Bispo commune (until 2013)

[Enxara do Bispo commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of white and blue.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, a mitre Or charged with a throughout cross Gules a having scarves Or, flanked by two wheat ears Or, in central chief an 8-point star Argent. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "ENXARA DO BISPO".
Meaning:
The wheat ears are reminding on a pilgrimage from the Socorro Mountains dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows, which takes places on 5th August, where a great number of devotees is keeping its promisses by gifts of wheat. The 8-point star is an attribute of Our Lady of Assumption, the local patron saint. The mitre is alluding to the commune's suffix "of the bishop".
Source: Information given to Sérgio Horta by Eduardo Lourenço Brito
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Eduardo Lourenço Brito, published in Diário da República: III Série on 5 November 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


Presentation of Enxara do Bispo

Enxara do Bispo Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Mafra Municipality (q.v.); it had 1740 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 18.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


Former Gradil commune (until 2013)

[Gradil commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 28 June 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and red.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules covered by a lattice Argent, a royal coronet Or gemmed Gules and Vert, beneath a crescent recumbent Argent. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "GRADIL - MAFRA".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 6 November 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


Presentation of Gradil

Gradil Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Mafra Municipality (q.v.); it had 1226 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 7.4 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


Former Vila Franca do Rosário commune (until 2013)

[Vila Franca do Rosário commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 28 June 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, a windmill's wheel Sable rigged Gules surrounded by a rosary Azure placed in orle. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank)and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VILA FRANCA DO ROSÁRIO".
Meaning:
The rosary is a canting element. The wheel is alluding to the commune's windmills.
Source: Information given to Sérgio Horta by Eduardo Lourenço Brito
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Eduardo Lourenço Brito, approved by Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, (CHAAP) on 30 September 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


Presentation of Vila Franca do Rosário

Vila Franca do Rosário Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Mafra Municipality (q.v.); it had 871 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 6.2 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 June 2015


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