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Arronches Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Arronches, Distrito de Portalegre

Last modified: 2014-08-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Arronches municipality] 2:3 image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Jul 1999
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About the Flag

It’s flag is absolutely typical for this kind of place: a purple over white quartered flag with coat of arms at the centre.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

Coat of arms

[Arronches municipality CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Aug 2014

The coat of arms has a 4-towered mural crown, a scroll of typical shape reading "ARRONCHES" and a silver shield charged with a red castle with silver door and windows, topped by the portuguese quinas flanked by two branches of oak, and a blue wavy bar below the castle.
The meaning od the arms is relatively simple to guess: like many border municipalities, Arronches has a fortification (I think medieval, but it may be later), and the castle stands for it; The wavy stripe stands for the river Caia that runs by the town, and the oak branches are symbols of agriculture, being cork one of the main productions of this part of the country (I don’t know about Arronches itself, but it’s likely that it follows the trend of the zone).
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

António Martins-Tuválkin,

Version without Coat of Arms

[Arronches municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Quartered of purple and white.
Jorge Candeias, 15 July 1999

Presentation of Arronches

Arronches is a town that belongs to the Portalegre District, old province of Alto Alentejo, eventually future region of Alentejo. The municipality borders Spain and has an area of 314,5 km², living there less than 3400 people in 3 communes. The municipality is poor and rural as most portuguese inland municipalities.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Aug 1998

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