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Proença-a-Velha Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Proença-a-Velha, Concelho de Idanha-a-Nova, Distrito de Castelo Branco

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[Proença-a-Velha commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 6 May 2010
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About the Flag

It is a fairly untypical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a quartered field (town rank) red and yellow.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 May 2010

Coat of arms

[Proença-a-Velha commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 6 May 2010

The arms are Or two sheep Sable garnished Argent passant respectant and in chief a cross of the Christ Knights' Order and in base a wine mill wheel Gules. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "PROENÇA-A-VELHA".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 May 2010

Published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 8 August 2001
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 May 2010

Presentation of Proença-a-Velha

Proença-a-Velha Commune is one of the 13 communes of Idanha-a-Nova Municipality; it had 224 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 57.8 km². The name of the town means Old Provençe (there is also a new one), probably after settlers from there after the Moorish period, but nothing on the arms refers to this connection, the red and yellow flag, matching the Occitan flag and one of the two Provencean flags, but that, derived from the charges as it is, is unlikely intentional.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 May 2010

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