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Santarém District (Portugal)

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[Santarém District]
by Mello Luchtenberg, 03 Jul 2002
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Description of the flag

A horizontal triband of yellow (1), light blue (3) and yellow (1); in the center, a device that might be colored armorial seal (but the charges are not those of the Santarém municipal arms), surrounded by 21 five-pointed yellow stars, symbolizing the districtʼs municipalities.
António Martins, 30 Jul 1999

The flag of the District of Santarém was adopted in 1988.
Pascal Vagnat, 01 Dec 1999

Presentation of Santarém District

The district of Santarém has an area of 6747 sq. km., and a population of around 460 000 inhabitants. It includes 21 municipalities, the economy is mostly rural, though there are some areas with industries. It occupies nearly the same territory of the old province of Ribatejo, and is crossed from northeast to southwest by the Tejo (Tagus) river. It is, therefore, placed in the center of the country.
Jorge Candeias, 19 Apr 1998

Emblem detail

[Santarém District]
by Mello Luchtenberg, 10 Jul 2002

Blue flag with two stripes of gold. Between these, centered, a castle — with three towers — of red, masoned in black, open and lit of gold, over a background of the same metal, having, in chief, a red and white Cross of Christ and, in counter-chief, a green and silver marsh. All this is surrounded by two concentric circles in white, with the inscription, in black, "Distrito de Santarém" [District of Santarém]. All this surrounded by twenty one six-pointed stars in gold.

The symbolism:

governorʼs cabinet, quoted by Pascal Vagnat, 01 Dec 1999, translated by Jorge Candeias, 02 Dec 1999