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Mexilhoeira Grande Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Mexilhoeira Grande, Concelho de Portimão, Distrito de Faro

Last modified: 2014-08-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Mexilhoeira Grande commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 16 Mar 2008
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain quartered field (town rank), white and green.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2008

Coat of arms

[Mexilhoeira Grande commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 16 Mar 2008

The arms are Vert a fess scaly of Or and Sable between a pair of mussles respectant Argent open and emphasized Sable in chief and a watermill wheel Or in base. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters . "MEXILHOEIRA GRANDE".
"Mexilhoeira grande" means "large mussel place" and the arms are twice canting, with blue mussles (Latin:Mytilus edulis) on it in naturalistic fashion and stylized as scales on the fess. (I bet the original version of the arms had a second wheel in chief, as one reference to mussles would be enough and more elegant.)
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2008

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série in 2001.03.06.
António Martins-Tuválkin,

Presentation of Mexilhoeira Grande

Mexilhoeira Grande Commune is one of the three communes of the Portimão Municipality (q.v.); it had 3598 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 88,41 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Mar 2008

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