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Miranda do Douro Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Miranda do Douro / Cunceilho de Miranda de l Douro

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[Miranda do Douro municipality]
by António Martins, 26 May 1998
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About the flag

This is the municipal flag of the leonese speaking municipality of Miranda do Douro / Miranda de l Douro, Portugal. Flag: red over white gyronny, with coat of arms in the center. Arms: or, a castle red, open and litten in argent, under a crescent poiting downwards; mural crown argent, with five visible towers (city rank); white scroll at the bottom reading in black uppercase sans serif "CIDADE DE MIRANDA DO DOURO".
António Martins, 26 May 1998


Presentation of Miranda do Douro

Miranda do Douro constitute a linguistic minority within Portugal: they speak a dialect (Mirandese — mirandés) of the Leonese or Asturo-Leonese language, spoken also (but not official) in the spanish communities of Castilla-León (León province) and Asturias. Mirandese has recently [1999] become official in the geographic area where it is spoken, and is tought in local schools.
Jorge Candeias, 04 Feb 2003

Though the language is spoken widely throughout the municipality and beyond (villages Vilar Seco, Angueira and Caçarelhos, Vimioso Municipality, which once belonged to the Miaranda do Douro.), in the city itself it is not used, nor have been in recent centuries. This is due to the fact that the city grown always around military and religious focuses implanted by the (portuguese-speaking) central authority and was inhabited mainly by non-locals. (Curiously, this may be changing now, due to the growing prestige of mirandese.)
António Martins, 10 Feb 2003

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