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Alhandra, Calhandriz e São João dos Montes United Commune (Portugal)

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União das Freguesias de Alhandra, Calhandriz e São João dos Montes, Concelho de Vila Franca de Xira, Distrito de Lisboa


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Former Alhandra commune (until 2013)

[Alhandra commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 22 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of red and white.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, a fountain Argent spraying water of the same, on bordure 12 embattled towers Argent. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VILA DE ALHANDRA".
Meaning:
The fountain is representing the local spa waters, the silver colour is the symbolizing the richness of its occurrence. The towers are representing the 30 fortresses of the region.The red colour is symbolizing the blood soaked battlefields during the Peninsular War against the French troops of Napoleon I , commanded by General Massena.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Approved by Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP) on 28 December 1927
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


Presentation of Alhandra

Alhandra Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Vila Franca de Xira Municipality (q.v.); it had 6047 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 2.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


Former Calhandriz commune (until 2013)

[Calhandriz commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 22 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain purple field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, two wheat ears Or leaved Vert, bendy at dexter and sinister bendy at sinister, in central chief a bunch of grapes Purpure leaved Vert, in base branch of cherry Vert fruited Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "CALHANDRIZ".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Published in Diário da República: III Série on 10 September 1998
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


Presentation of Calhandriz

Calhandriz Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Vila Franca de Xira Municipality (q.v.); it had 801 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 7.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


Former São João dos Montes commune (until 2013)

[São João dos Montes commune (until 2013)] 2:3 image by , 22 Apr 2015

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of white and red.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Gules, two grapevines Or leaved Vert, in chief a Paschal Lamb, in base a triple mount issuant Or. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "SÃO JOÃO DOS MONTES".
Meaning:
The grapevines are representing the many kinds of vine cultivated in the region, being a source of the communes wealth. The triple mounts yellow colour is symbolizing the abundance of wheat. The Paschal lamb is an attribute of St. John the Baptist, the local patron saint. The triple mount and the lamb together are canting. The commune's name means: St. John of the Mountains.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Eduardo Jorge Lourenšo Brito. Published in Diário da República: III Série on 19 May 1998
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


Presentation of São João dos Montes

São João dos Montes Commune was one of the pre-2013 communes of Vila Franca de Xira Municipality (q.v.); it had 6018 inhabitants in 2011 and covered 16.1 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2015


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