Last modified: 2014-11-01 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: oeiras | swan(white) | grapes(purple;2) | lunelle | bar(wavy) | marca o ritmo |
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It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quarterly (meaning town rank) of white and purple.
Coat of arms
image by Sérgio Horta, 15 Jan 2004
The coat of arms is Sable on a chain of four crescents, a so called lunelle, Argent hollowed azure (uma cadena de quatro cescentes de prata vazia de blau) flanked in chief by two bunches of grapes leaved Or and fruited Purpure, in base a bar wavy Argent charged with a barrulet Azure and a barrulet Vert, in the lunelle a swan Argent armed Or and charged with an 8-point star on its breast. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE OEIRAS".
The arms came from those of the infamous late 18th century primeminister Marquês de Pombal (and Oeiras Count), which lacked the wavy fesses and the grapes.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Jan 2004 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Oct 2014
Oeiras municipality had 162 485 inhabitants in 2000 (153 250 in 1990), and it is divided in 10 communes, covering 46 km². It belongs to the District of Lisboa, to the old province Estremadura and to the would-be region
Lisboa e Setúbal.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Jan 2004
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Jan 2004
image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Jan 2008
As usual, the municipal government has adopted a logo in the mid-90ies, which is also used on a white flag. It features a number of overlaping semi transparent shapes of slightly different shades (from ochre to a lemon) whose intersection forms a orange heart. This above the lettering "Oeiras marca
o ritmo" (meaning "Oeiras sets the pace") in blue sans serif letters. The logo flag is used as much as the official municipal flag in street ornamentation and other non official uses.
This logo flag is still used along with the official municipal flag with arms (with no evident usage difference and neither supplanting the other), but the former is currently mostly a blue version, with white and light blue lettering.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 15 Jan 2004 / 4 Jan 2008
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