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Santiago do Escoural Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Santiago do Escoural, Concelho de Montemor-o-Novo, Distrito de Évora

Last modified: 2016-01-18 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Santiago do Escoural commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 6 Aug 2010
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain green and white quartered field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Aug 2010

Coat of arms

[Santiago do Escoural commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 6 Aug 2010

The arms are Argent on a pile reversed Sable, flanked by two cork oaks eradicated Vert and peeled Gules, a horse head Or, in chief a scallop Gules. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading "SANTIAGO DO ESCOURAL" in black upper case letters.
The scallop is an attribute of St. James the Elder (Santiago), local patron saint and name giver of the commune. The cork oaks are significant for the entire Alentejo region, being food for the local black pigs and producing cork, Portugal is worldwide one of the biggest producer of cork. The horsehead is referring to "canto carregado", prehistorical engravings in the caves of Escoural.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Aug 2010 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Jan 2016

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 25 August 2001
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Aug 2010

Presentation of Santiago do Escoural

Santiago do Escoural Commune is one of the ten communes of Montemor-o-Novo Municipality (q.v.); it had 1335 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 138.9 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Jan 2016

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