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Baixa da Banheira Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia da Baixa da Banheira, Concelho da Moita, Distrito de Setbúal

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[Baixa da Banheira commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Apr 2005
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About the Flag

It is a fairly untypical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a quartered field (town rank) of blue and white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Apr 2005

Coat of arms

[Baixa da Banheira commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 14 Apr 2005

The arms are argent, five flags, two azure, one purpure, two gules, their staffs sable, linked by a salitre of ivy; base wavy of azure and argent. Mural crown with four visible towers (town rank). White scroll with black capitals reading "BAIXA DA BANHEIRA".
"Banheira" means currently "bathtub" and etymologicaly "bath place", given "bath" also a broader meaning. It has to do with the local Tagus estuarine marshes (where river bathes the land). However, the communal coat of arms (and flag) of Baixa da Banheira includes not less than five flags, standing not for this or that historical ruler (like in some southeast US local flags). Flags and ivy are symbolizing the different origins of those, who constituted the commune, and the strength and importance of the Associative Popular Movement. (Movimento Associativo e Popular) for the social development of the commune. Tha base wavy representinging the Tejo River.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Apr 2005

Flag and arms were approved on 9 July 1996, published in Diário da República: III Série.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 14 Apr 2005

Erroneous Flag depicted on Communal Webpage

[Baixa da Banheira commune error] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 1 July 2010

However, the communal website shows on its symbols page the flag with swapped quadrants here: < >. Photos show blue upper hoist, like the official version and as rendered by SÚrgio Horta, and unlike the images they show in both versions of the communal website. These photos are hosted at the official website, too, and depict facilities sponsored by the Communal Government (Junta de Freguesia) flying flags furnished by them, I suppose. (editorial note: indeed the blazon given on the communal webpage displays a white upper hoist quarter, while a photo on the same site displays a flag with blue upper hoist quarter; see: , it is the site of United Commune of Baixa da Banheira and Vale da Amoreira; kms 21/10/14)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 1 July 2010

Presentation of Baixa da Banheira

Baixa da Banheira Commune has 2,21 km². and 22 909 inhabitants as of 1991; it is part of Moita Municipality.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 26 Oct 2008

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