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Oeiras Municipality (Portugal)

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[Oeiras municipality]
by António Martins, 15 Jan 2004
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a background quarterly (meaning town rank) of white and purple. The coat of arms is sable on a chain of four crescents argent hollowed azure (uma cadena de quatro cescentes de prata vazia de blau) flanked in chief by two bunches of grapes leaved or and fruited purpure and above a wavy fess argent charged with a fesslet azure and a fesslet vert in counter chief a swan argent beaked and membered or charged with an eight-pointed star on its breast. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE OEIRAS".
António Martins, 15 Jan 2004

The arms came from those of the infamous late 18th cent. prime minister Marquês de Pombal (and Oeiras Count), which lacked the wavy fesses and the grapes.
António Martins, 15 Jan 2004


Presentation of Oeiras

Oeiras municipality had 162 485 inhabitants in 2000 (153 250 in 1990), and it is divided in 9 communes, covering 46 km2. It belongs to the District of Lisbon, to the old province Estremadura and to the would-be region Lisboa e Setúbal.
António Martins, 15 Jan 2004


Unofficial flags

Municipal logo flag

[Oeiras unofficial flag]
by António Martins, 15 Jan 2004

As usual, the municipal government has adopted a logo in the mid-90ies, which is also used on a white flag. It features a number of overlaping semi transparent shapes of slightly different shades (from ochre to a lemon) whose intersection forms a orange heart. This above the lettering "Oeiras marca o ritmo" (meaning "Oeiras sets the pace") in blue sans serif letters. The logo flag is used as much as the official municipal flag in street ornamentation and other non official uses.
António Martins, 15 Jan 2004

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