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It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a yellow and red quartered field.
image by Sérgio Horta, 18 Oct 2010
image by Sérgio Horta and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 Oct 2010
The arms are Gules two picks Or hafts downward Argent crossed per saltire, in central chief a Maltese cross and seven bezants all in orle. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading "GÁFETE - CRATO" in black upper case letters.
According to Sérgio Horta the pikes stand for local cutback of granite quarries, the cross for the local importance of the St. John's Order of Malta, and the bezants for the local cheese.
António Martins-Tuválkin and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 Oct 2010
Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 25 November 2003
Gáfete Commune is one of the four communes of Crato Municipality (q.v.); it had 1063 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 46,11 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Oct 2010
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