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Alverca do Ribatejo e Sobralinho United Commune (Portugal)

Last modified: 2015-05-02 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: alverca do ribatejo | sobralinho | bend(wavy) | crescent | cork oak | towers(2) | cogwheel | millstone |
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União das Freguesias de Alverca do Ribatejo e Sobralinho, Concelho de Vila Franca de Xira, Distrito de Lisboa


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Former Alverca do Ribatejo commune (until 2013)

[Alverca do Ribatejo commune (until 2013)]
2:3 image by André Serranho, 16 Jun 2002
[Alverca do Ribatejo commune (until 2013)]
2:3 image by André Serranho and Sérgio Horta, 21 Apr 2015
   

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred centred on a background gyronny (city rank) of red and blue.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

The shield is Argent, a bend wavy of the same fimbriated Azure between two crescents Gules pointing upwards. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters «CIDADE DE ALVERCA DO RIBATEJO» (left image) or simply «ALVERCA DO RIBATEJO» (right image).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 June 2002


Meaning:
The crescents are symbolizing the former (Moorish) civilization, the efforts of D. Afonso Henriques, who conquered the region bit by bit. The red colour is symbolizing fire, war and victories. The blue bends are symbolizing the many local water courses, the base of the commune's wealth.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015

Former symbols of Alverca do Ribatejo (1935-1990)

[ commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by André Serranho and Sérgio Horta, 21 Apr 2015

It was a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred centred on a background quartered of red and blue. The coat of arms was the same as the current one but had a mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: «VILA DE ALVERCA DO RIBATEJO».
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Affonso Dornellas. The former symbols had been published in Diário do Governo, I Série on 6 June 1935.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015


Presentation of Alverca do Ribatejo

Alverca do Ribatejo Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Vila Franca de Xira Municipality (q.v.) and to the old province Ribatejo; it had 31 070 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 17.9 km². It gained the rank of a city on 9 August 1990.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015


Former Sobralinho commune (until 2013)

[Sobralinho commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 21 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of blue and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent with base wavy of Azure and Argent, a cork oak eradicated Vert between two towers Gules in chief at either corner, a millstone Gules in dexter base and a cogwheel Gules in sinister base. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "SOBRALINHO".
Meaning:
The oak is alluding to the commune's name, meaning "little cork oak" and is alluding to local woods of this kind of trees. The towers are reminding on the military forts and the defense lines of Torres Vedras in the Peninsular War. Some of them still exist. The cogwheel is symbolizing industries as an important economic activity in the commune. The base wavy is representing river Tejo.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015

Information kindly given to Sérgio Hortaa by Eduardo Jorge Lourenço Brito. Draft of flag and arms made by Eduardo Jorge Lourenço Brito.Published in Diário da República: III Série on 9 April 1998
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015


Presentation of Sobralinho

Sobralinho Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Vila Franca de Xira Municipality (q.v.) ; it had 5050 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 4.2 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Apr 2015


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