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Alvito Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Alvito, Concelho de Alvito, Distrito de Beja

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[Alvito commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 4 Dec 2007
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white background (village rank)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Dec 2007

Coat of arms

[Alvito commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 4 Dec 2007

The arms are Vert a bull passant Argent and in chief a spider Or, web of the Same. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "FREGUESIA DE ALVITO".
The word "alvito" has Arabic origin and it's not unique to this town. It may be interpreted as a diminutive of "alvo" (arch. for"white"), which may account for the white bull in the arms from some local legend - it wouldn't be the sole case of such canting Portuguese subnational heraldry: cp. the anagrammatic grenade tree in the arms of Amadora.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Dec 2007

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série in 1996.06.15.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Dec 2007

Presentation of Alvito

Alvito Commune is one of the two communes of the the homonymous municipality (q.v.). It had 1630 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 136,39 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 4 Dec 2007

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