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Cabanas de Viriato Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Cabanas de Viriato, Concelho de Carregal do Sal, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2018-06-25 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Cabanas de Viriato commune tricolour] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 June 2018
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About the Flag

It is a very unusual Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a red-white-yellow vertical tricolour, having a yellow scroll overlapping the central stripe.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Aug 2015

Coat of arms

[Cabanas de Viriato commune CoA]

Shield Azure, a mount issuant Maroon, crowned by a warrior Proper with a round shield and an upright gladius. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "VILA DE CABANAS DE VIRIATO"
Another version displays a yellow scroll with black inscription and a golden (!) mural crown. That one is due to the golden crown surely not the official version. The background colour also varies.
On flag the background colour is Argent (= white) and the mount is Vert.
The warrior is a representation of a local monument, displaying the Lusitanian chieftain Viriathus (Port.: Viriato), who lived from 180 until 139 BC and led successfully the resistance against Roman invaders. On demand of César de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese minister, the commune Cabanas (= huts) was renamed to Cabanas de Viriato in the 20th century.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Aug 2015

Flag and arms most likely have never been approved by the Comissão de Heráldica da Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses (CHAAP).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 June 2018

Presentation of Cabanas de Viriato

Cabanas de Viriato Commune is one of the five communes of the Carregal do Sal Municipality; it had 1533 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 21.5 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Aug 2015

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