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Lisbon Municipality (Portugal)

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[Lisbon municipality]
by António Martins and André Serranho, 07 Mar 1999
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About the flag

The municipal flag of Lisbon is a gironny of 8, black and white with or without the coat of arms in the middle. Proportions 1:1 or 2:3.
Pascal Vagnat, 14 Dec 1997

The flag is gyronny of eight, black over white; in the center, the coat of arms. These are: or, on a see of seven wavy fesses vert and argent, a sail ship sable, with rudder, one mast and respective ropes, all lined argent; flag and sails (furled in five “pockets”) of the same; at both ends of the ship, two ravens sable lined argent, each pointing to the center of the shield. Mural crown or with five apparent towers (capital city rank), collar of the Order of Tower and Sword, and white scroll with the motto "MUI NOBRE E SEMPRE LEAL CIDADE DE LISBOA" (most noble and always loyal city of Lisbon) in black upper case letters.
António Martins, 07 Mar 1999

The story behind this coat of arms relates to Saint Vincent, patron of the city (unlike Saint Anthony of Lisbon and Padova, who “just” born here). According to a legend this saintʼs (uncorrupt) corpse was brought to Algarve, southern Portugal, and was later carried to Lisbon by ship, from the appropriately called St. Vincent Cape (the SW tip of Portugal, in Vila do Bispo municipality); here two ravens perched on the ship and kept guard to the holy corpse untill the arrival. These are usually said to have been “sea crows” (cormorants) instead,but they could also be P. pyrrocorax (“Red beaked crow”, in portuguese), since they are the same family as ravens. The legend says raven, anyway, and it became the Lisbonʼs mascot — where ravens and other kinds of crows are almost absent, by the way — all you can see is millions of pigeons and sparrows.
António Martins, 07 Mar 1999

I have just returned from a vacation that was spent partly in Lisbon. Along with the Portuguese flag, the municipal flag of Lisbon was commonly seen, about half the time with very complex arms in the centre. These municipal flags were more usually flown from stand-alone poles at street corners than from buildings.
Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999


Version without the coat of arms

[Lisbon plain flag]
by António Martins, 15 Apr 1998

The “civil” municipal flag of Lisbon is white over black gyronny, with no coat of arms.
António Martins, 15 Apr 1998


Incorrect variation (upside down)

The Lisbon City Museum (Palácio Pimenta, Campo Grande) hoists every day an upside down flag for ages!
António Martins, 15 Jul 1999


Presentation of Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the municipalities of the Lisbon district (old province of Estremadura), covering 84 km2 in 53 communes where live 629 670 inhabitants (1992 data).
António Martins, 15 Apr 1998


Unofficial flags

Municipal logo flag

[Lisboa unofficial flag]
by António Martins, 26 Aug 2003

The new logo replaced the old one in early 2001, following a change in the ruling party.
António Martins, 24 Aug 2003

The adoption of this logo was preceeded and prepared by the publishing of the book O emblema da cidade de Lisboa [frg02]; the new logo was created by the book author, Margarida Fragoso.
António Martins, 26 Aug 2003

Former municipal logo flag

[Lisboa unofficial flag]
by António Martins, 12 Aug 1999

The logo (and, in consequence, the flag based on it) was replaced in early 2001, following a change in the ruling party.
António Martins, 24 Aug 2003


Other flags

Ginásio Clube Português

[Ginásio Clube flag]
by António Martins, 23 Jul 1999

Ginásio Clube Português is a Lisbon sports club, and it flies this flag in its headquarters (between Rato and Amoreiras) every sunday along with the national and UE flags (sometimes they had all three poles with club flags, I guess it was when theyʼre helding competitions or something). The flag consists of the logo of the club (approx. 1/2 of the height) on a white background with the portuguese national flag in a small canton (approx. 1/3rd × 1/3rd). Adolf Duran shows this flag on his article [drn92] but with a wrongly simplified logo.
António Martins, 23 Jul 1999

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