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Cortiços Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Cortiços, Concelho de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-05-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Cortiços commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 10 Apr 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a field quartered of red and white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

Coat of arms

[Cortiços commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 10 Apr 2016

The shield is Argent a beehive Sable with its linen sash Or between two flax flowers Azure seeded Or, in chief a mitre Gules padded and garnished Or. Mural crown Argent "according to the law", i.e.with three visible towers, and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CORTIÇOS".
The quartered pattern of the flag is unexpected for a commune seated in a village. I suspect that this has to do with the fact that this settlement used to have the status of town and lost it somewhere in the 19th century, but I donít know any details yet. "Cortiços" means "honeycombs" or "beehives": the arms are partly canting.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

Flag and arms promulgated by the communal government Edict 675/2009 on 29 June 2009 and published in the official journal Diário da República: II Série on 13 July 2009
Source: Diário da República
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

Presentation of Cortiços

Cortiços Commune is one of the 30 communes of Macedo de Cavaleiros Municipality; it had 296 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 24.7 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 Apr 2016

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