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Alenquer Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Alenquer, Distrito de Lisboa

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[Alenquer municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 May 2007
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About the flag

It is a fairly typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a plain blue background. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : I Série in 1936.01.10.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 May 2007

Coat of arms

Alenquer municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 16 May 2007

The arms are Or a castle Azure open and litten Or above a hound couchant Sable with its front legs crossed dexter over sinister and orle of fourteen natural (i.e., not heraldic) roses Gules leved Vert. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "Vila de Alenquer".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 May 2007

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Alenquer

Alenquer municipality had 39 180 inhabitants in 2001 and consists of 16 communes covering 302,18 km². It is part of Lisboa District, traditional province Estremadura, 1999 ref. adm. region Lisboa e Setúbal, current C.C.R. / NUTS II Lisboa, pre-2002 C.C.R. / NUTS II Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, and NUTS III Oeste.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 May 2007

The arms show an Alani wardog, for Alenquer was founded (or at least inhabited) by the host of Adax, being the capital of its brief kingdom in Hispania (in 408-429). (I have no idea about the roses; the castle may be a trivial reference.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 May 2007

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