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Pombal Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Pombal, Distrito de Leiria

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[Pombal municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Mar 1999
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field gyronny of eight, blue and yellow (city rank)-.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Mar 1999

Coat of arms

[Pombal municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 7 Mar 1999

The arms are Or, a castle Azure, with port and windows Or, with two pidgeons Argent, each perched on a lateral tower both facing the center of the shield, in chief the a cross patty Gules voided Argent. Mural crown Argent with five apparent towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "POMBAL".
The word "pombal" means "pigeon house" so here we have here some canting arms. The cross is alluding to the importance of the Order of Christ’s Knights.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Mar 1999

Pombal was upgraded to a city and seat of a municipality on 16 August 1991.
Sérgio Horta, 7 Mar 1999

Version without Coat of Arms

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

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 Pombal

Pombal is one of the municipalities of the Leiria district (old province of Beira Litoral), covering 640 km² in 13 communes, there live 51 000 inhabitants (1992 data).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Mar 1999

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