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Torres Novas (Santa Maria, Salvador e Santiago) United Commune (Portugal)

Last modified: 2016-01-27 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: sta maria(torres novas) | salvador(torres novas) | santiago(torres novas) | pelican | towers(2) | hill | eagle(double-headed) | scallop | cross(st. james) | crescent(recumbent) |
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União das Freguesias de Torres Novas (Santa Maria, Salvador e Santiago), Concelho de Torres Novas, Distrito de Santarém


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Former Santa Maria commune (until 2013)

[Santa Maria (Torres Novas) commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 31 Mar 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and green.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, a pelican Or in mercy, in chief two embattled towers Or masoned Sable with port and windows Vert ordered per fess. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "SANTA MARIA - TORRES NOVAS".
Meaning:
The pelican is carved into stone in the church of St.Mary of the Castle, granted by Dom João II, it is also enforcing the idea of maternity and mercy, associated to Our Lady of Ó, the local patron saint.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 24 October 1994, draft of flag and arms made by José Alberto Borralho
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


Presentation of Santa Maria

Santa Maria Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Torres Novas Municipality (q.v.); it had inhabitants in 2011 and covered  km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


Former Salvador commune (until 2013)

[Salvador (Torres Novas) commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 25 Jan 2016

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and green.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, issuant from base a hill Vert fimbriated Or, crowned by a double headed eagle Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "SALVADOR - TORRES NOVAS".
Meaning:
The whole ensemble is symbolizing the value of the place as a watch tower of Torres Novas, furthermore to two boxes on the main altar of the Church of Our Saviour, the first parish of Torres Novas.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 18 August 1994, draft of flag and arms made by José Alberto Borralho
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


Presentation of Salvador

Salvador Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Torres Novas Municipality (q.v.); it had inhabitants in 2011 and covered  km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


Former Santiago commune (until 2013)

[Santiago (Torres Novas) commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 25 Jan 2016

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of yellow and green.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, a scallop Or charged with a cross fleury fitchy Gules (sword cross) above and a crescent recumbent Vert below. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "SANTIAGO - TORRES NOVAS".
Meaning:
The scallop is an attribute of St. James the Elder, the local patron saint. Sword cross (of the Knights' Order of Santiago) and crescent are reminding on the conquest of Torres Novas from the Moors by Dom Afonso Henriques, and to the erection of a primitive chapel as a promise from the 1st king (of Portugal).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 18 August 1994, draft of flag and arms made by José Alberto Borralho
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


Presentation of Santiago

Santiago Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Torres Novas Municipality (q.v.); it had inhabitants in 2011 and covered  km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Jan 2016


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