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Palaçoulo (Palaçuolo) Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Palaçoulo, Concelho de Mirando do Douro (Cunceilho de Miranda de L Douro), Distrit

Last modified: 2016-02-29 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Palaçoulo (Palaçuolo) commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 11 Feb 2016
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Introduction of Palaçoulo

Like all toponyms in the municipality, this commune has two names: Palaçoulo in Portuguese and Palaçuolo in Mirandese (the local syncretic dialect complex of Asturian-Leonese, co-official language of Portugal and given a standard orthography), each is the translation of the other and both mean small palace or manor house ó not depicted in the arms, as neither the localís detested exonimous nickname "caramonicos", which refers to their legendary dim wits and fear of the devil. In spite of the bilingual status, the scroll of the CoA is not bilingual, according to the law. The names in brackets are Mirandese.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2016

About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain green field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2016

Coat of arms

[Palaçoulo (Palaçuolo) commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 12 Feb 2016

The arms are Or an ear of wheat and two of rye all Vert tied Gules between two cogwheels Gules, all set in pale, in chief a cross of the Knights of Christ. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "FREGUESIA DE PALAÇOULO".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 10 January 2001
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2016

Presentation of Palaçoulo

Palaçoulo (Palaçuolo) Commune is one of the 13 communes of the Mirando do Douro Municipality; it had 554 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 50.1 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 Feb 2016

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