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Romeira e Várzea United Commune (Portugal)

União das Freguesias de Romeira e Várzea, Concelho de Santarém, Distrito de Santar

Last modified: 2015-02-21 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: romeira(santarem) | varzea(santarem) | staff | cross(templar) | wheat(ear) | olive(branch) | base(wavy) | bridge | crescent | millwheel |
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Introduction

The communes of Romeira and Várzea merged in 2013.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015


Former Romeira Commune (until 2013)

[Romeira commune (-2013)] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of purple and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, in centre two wavy staffs Purpure crossed saltirishly, in dexter and sinister quarter three wheat ears Vert tied Gules, in chief quarter a cross patty rounded Gules, in base quarter three olive branches Vert fruited Sable. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black initials: "ROMEIRA - SANTARÉM".
Meaning:
The wavy staffs are used for for reaping the olives, together with the base quarter they allude to the local importance of cultivating olives. The wheat ears are stressing the importance of grain. The cross is those of the Templars and is also a decoration of the so called "estela funerária", being located in the local parish church. Draft designed by José Bènard Guedes.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 22 June 1996
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015


Presentation of Romeira

Romeira Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Santarém Municipality (q.v.); it had 788 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 11.3 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015


Former Várzea Commune (until 2013)

[Várzea commune (-2013)] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Coat of arms

[Várzea commune CoA (-2013)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Shield Vert with a base wavy of Argent and Azure, a bridge Argent issuant masoned black, above at dexter a mill wheel roped Or and rigged Argent, at sinister a watermill #s wheel Or, in chief a lying crescent Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black initials: "VÁRZEA - SANTARÉM".
Meaning:
The crescent is an attribute of Our Lady of Conception, the local patron saint. The millwheels are symbolizing the rural character of the commune. The base wavy is representing the banks of Vilgateira and the Pau River as well. The green colour is symbolizing the riches of the fields. Draft designed by José Bènard Guedes.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 21 November 2000
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015


Presentation of Várzea

Várzea Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Santarém Municipality (q.v.); it had 1814 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 21.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2015


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