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Sertã Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Sertã, Distrito de Castelo Branco

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[Sertã municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Oct 1998
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered white over black.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Oct 1998

Coat of arms

[Sertã municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 27 Oct 1998

The coat of arms is Gules, a castle tower Argent above a chevronel wavy inverted Azure fimbriated Argent, chief Or a frying pan Sable, between two templar crosses: dexter the “round” one, usual in Portugal, and sinister, the older one, similar to Malta’s. The scroll is unusal for it reads in two lines instead of one: "SARTAGO STERNIT SARTAGINE HOSTES / VILA DA SERTÃ".
The first line on scroll is latin and means «Sertã defeats its enemies by a frying pan». This thing about frying pans is that "sertã" is a bit archaic word in portuguese for precisely frying pan. These are “canting arms”!…
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Oct 1998

Flag and arms adopted and published in Diário do Governo : I Série on 23 January 1936
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Oct 1998

Version without Coat of Arms

[Sertã municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Sertã

A rural municipality, with 17 560 inhabitants in ten communes covering 444 km². It is located on the current Castelo Branco District, future region of Beira Interior, old province of Beira Baixa.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Oct 1998

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