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Castelo Branco Municipality (Portugal)

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[Castelo Branco municipality]
by António Martins, 15 Dec 1998
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About the flag

The flag is gyronny white and black, with the municipal coat of arms in the center: gules, a castle argent, litten and open sable. Mural crown of five towers (which, toghether with the gyronny partition shows the municipality seat in city rank), white scroll reading "CIDADE DE CASTELO BRANCO" in black capitals and Order of Christ collar and badge showing under the shield, partly covering the scroll. (This is quite unique, since all other municipality seats granted with chivalry orders are of the Tower and sword Order.) The castle, as usual, stands for the local castle, which appropriately is white, following the meaning of the toponym "castelo branco" ("white castle").
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998


Variation

[Castelo Branco plain flag]
by António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

There are two variants reported: sometimes the shield is purpure instead of gules, and the cross is shown or voided gules, instead of the usual gules voided argent.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998


Presentation of Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco is a 1440 km2 municipality in the Castelo Branco district and in the old province of Beira Baixa, with 54 070 inhabitants in 25 communes.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

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