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Cortiços Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Cortiços, Concelho de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-05-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Cortiços commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 10 Apr 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of red and white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

Coat of arms

[Cortiços commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 10 Apr 2016

The shield is Argent a beehive Sable with its linen sash Or between two flax flowers Azure seeded Or, in chief a mitre Gules padded and garnished Or. Mural crown Argent "according to the law", i.e.with three visible towers, and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CORTIÇOS".
Meaning:
The quartered pattern of the flag is unexpected for a commune seated in a village. I suspect that this has to do with the fact that this settlement used to have the status of town and lost it somewhere in the 19th century, but I donít know any details yet. "Cortiços" means "honeycombs" or "beehives": the arms are partly canting.
Source:
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

Flag and arms promulgated by the communal government Edict 675/2009 on 29 June 2009 and published in the official journal Diário da República: II Série on 13 July 2009
Source: Diário da República
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016


Presentation of Cortiços

Cortiços Commune is one of the 30 communes of Macedo de Cavaleiros Municipality; it had 296 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 24.7 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016


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