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Mina de Água Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Mina de Água, Concelho de Amadora, Distrito de Lisboa

Last modified: 2015-05-09 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: mina de agua | sao bras(amadora) | mina(amadora) | mountain | mitre | pomegranates(2) | windmill(wheel) | water tower | pomegranate(tree) | chief | mine | triplemount |
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[Mina de Água commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015
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Mina de Água commune

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Azure, in base a mountain issuant Argent charged with rocks Sable and fountain Sable lined Argent, two windmill wheels Argent roped Gules, in chief a mitre Gules garnished Or with scarves Gules, flanked by two pomegranates Or slipped Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "MINA DE ÁGUA"
Meaning:
Mitre and windmill wheels are representing former São Brás commune, mountain and fountain former Mina commune. Each pomegranate is probably also representing one of the two former communes.
Source: communal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015

Proposal made of António Galvão in March 2014, fixed by n. 2/2014 (Law n.53/91 of 7 August 2014) by Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP)
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015


Former São Brás commune (until 2013)

[São Brás commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 10 May 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Vert, a water tower Argent, in chief a mitre Gules garnished Or with scarves Argent, flanked by two windmill wheels Sable rigged Argent. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "SÃO BRÁS-AMADORA".
Meaning:
The water tower of São Brás is an auxiliary of the aqueduct of the free waters (Port.: Aqueduto das Águas Livres) and is representing the abundance and quality of the local water supplies. The mitre is an attribute of São Brás, the local patron saint. The millwheels are symbolizing the pre-industrial windmills' belt of Lisboa, which had its heyday from the 18th century to the 1st half of the 19th century.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 14 July 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015


Presentation of São Brás

São Brás Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Amadora Municipality (q.v.); it had 26 224 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 5.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015


Former Mina commune (until 2013)

[Mina commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Aug 2008

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Aug 2008

Coat of arms

[Mina commune CoA (until 2013)] image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Aug 2008

Shield Argent three windmill wheels of eight arms Sable riggeed Gules set in fess and issuant from the base three mounds Vert with the middle one charged with a mine entrance Argent masoned Sable with port and windows Sable, on chief Vert a pomegrenate tree Argent eradicated and fruited of the Same and the fruit slipped Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "MINA-AMADORA".
Meaning:
"Mina " is Portuguese for "mine ", of which there is a denotative canting element in the arms; in this case, though, it stands for a "water mine ", i.e. a natural fountain. A faithful depiction of a local landmark is shown, which is against legal prescription.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Aug 2008

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 6 February 1997
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Aug 2008


Presentation of Mina

Mina Commune was created in 1997, detached from São Brás Commune; it was one of the pre-2013 communes of the Amadora Municipality; it had 17 977 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 2.8 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2015

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