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Castelo Rodrigo Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Castelo Rodrigo, Concelho de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Distrito da Guarda

Last modified: 2014-08-30 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Castelo Rodrigo commune CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Aug 2014
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About the Flag

I have no information about the existence of a communal flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Aug 2014

Coat of arms

The arms are Argent, carrying the royal arms of Portugal set upside down. The royal arms display a shield Argent charged with five inescutcheons Azure set in cross, each carrying five bezants Argent in quincunx (quina), a bordure Gules charged with seven castles Or, the whole crested with a royal crown Or.
A shield displayed upside down marks a traitor. We here have one of the rare examples of a mark of abatement (or degradation) realized in municipal heraldry. The people of Castelo Rodrigo supported the Castilian cause and Queen Beatriz of Castile, who was the legitimate heir to the Portuguese throne. The shield was given to the village by King Dom João I (1385 - 1433) as an act of punishment. Not even an insurrection against Spain in 1640 washed away this blemish.
1) Jose Saramago: "Die portugiesische Reise" (original title: "Viagem a Portugal"), 1994; pp.251-254
2) Stephen Slater:"The Complete Book of Heraldry" , 2002; pp.106-107
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Aug 2014

Presentation of Castelo Rodrigo

Castelo Rodrigo is one of the 10 communes of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, it had 517 inhabitants in 2011 covering 32,94 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Aug 2014

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