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Alcochete Municipality (Portugal)

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Alcochete municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 07 Jul 1999
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About the flag

The Alcochete flag is an ordinary town flag: a quartered flag of yellow over red with the arms in the center. The coat of arms has a silver 4-towered mural crown, a scroll with "VILA DE ALCOCHETE" written in black, and a silver shield charged with four alternating blue and silver wavy stripes below, a red cross of Avis above, charged with a golden armilla with some devices attached that I cannot identify, and surrounded by four vines of “red” grapes (blue-violet with green leaves).
Jorge Candeias, 18 Apr 1998

Guessing the meaning of the charges in the arms, I’d say that the wavy lines stand for the river Tejo, the cross of Avis is a reflection of the primitive owners of the territory after it’s conquest to the moors, the order of Avis, and the grapes are symbols of agricultural richness and of the wines of Alcochete.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Apr 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Alcochete plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Yellow and red, quarterly.
Jorge Candeias, 07 Jul 1999

Presentation of Alcochete

Alcochete is a town placed near Lisbon. The municipality belongs to the district of Setúbal, old province of Estremadura, has 94 sq km of area and 10 050 inhabitants. If the regions go forward, it will be part of the region of Lisboa and Setúbal. It is mostly a rural area, placed in the east of the estuary of river Tejo. In it’s territory is placed part of one of the most environmentally important wet zones in Europe.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Apr 1998

It is divided in three communes.
António Martins, 2010

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