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Ponte da Barca Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Ponte da Barca, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2014-08-30 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: ponte da barca | bridge(silver) | tower(silver) | bees(2) | rowing boat |
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[Ponte da Barca municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 14 May 2007
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a white and red quarterly field (town rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 May 2007

Coat of arms

[Ponte da Barca municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 14 May 2007

The arms are Sable above a base wavy Argent charged with two fesses wavy Azure, over all a boat Gules with three oars Or, in chief a tower Argent masoned Sable with port and windows Gules between two bees Or, in centre a bridge Argent masoned Sable. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "PONTE DA BARCA".
Meaning:
"Ponte da barca" means "ferry bridge" (or "pram bridge"), which makes the arms partly canting. No ideas about the bees and tower, though, apart from the obvious.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 May 2007

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : I Série in 1985.03.12, a remarkably late date.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 May 2007


Version without Coat of Arms

[Ponte da Barca municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Presentation of Ponte da Barca

Ponte da Barca municipality had 12 909 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 17 communes covering 184,76 km². It is part of of Viana do Castelo District, traditional province Minho, 1999 ref. adm. region Entre Douro e Minho, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Minho-Lima.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 May 2007


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