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Fronteira Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Fronteira, Distrito de Portalegre

Last modified: 2014-08-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Fronteira municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Dec 1998
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About the flag

Among some legal descriptions of flags in an old edition of Grande Enciclopédia Luso-Brasileira (Brasilian-Portuguese Great Enciclopaedia), there’s Fronteira, said to have a plain white background.
António Martins, 12 May 2000

Coat of arms

[ municipality CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Aug 2014

The municipal arms shows in the center of the flag: gules, a castle argent, open sable and charged with a cross fleury vert (Avis Order cross). Mural crown of four towers (which shows the municipality seat in town rank), and scroll reading "FRONTEIRA" in capitals. The castle, as usual, stands for the local castle and the cross relates to the monk-warrior order that own the region after the conquest (Avis Order).
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocoloured) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Variation with bicolour background

Fronteira bicolor flag
image by António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

Although the flag of Fronteira municipality is reported in [drn94] to be a highly atypical (and illegal) vertical bicolor of red and green that is a report we at Lusovex were never able to verify.
António Martins, 12 May 2000

According to this report [drn94], the flag is very unusual, party green and red; this is said to be to stress the “portugueseness” of the town, especially because "fronteira" means "border line" — the fact that this municipality is not on the border with Spain seems to be irrelevant. (The name cames from a time when it did, with the portuguese-arab border of the 13th century…)
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

Variation with red scroll

Fronteira red scroll flag
image by António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

Red scroll reading "FRONTEIRA" in white capitals is yet another oddity.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

Presentation of Fronteira

Fronteira, a 245 km2 municipality in the Portalegre district and in the old province of Alto Alentejo, with 3990 inhabitants in 3 communes.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

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