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Friastelas Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Friastelas, Concelho de Ponte de Lima, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2015-03-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Friastelas commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2015
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2015

Coat of arms

Shield Or, base wavy of Azure and Argent, three calvaries Azure ordered per fess, in central chief a mitre Gules garnished Or with scarves Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials: "FRIASTELAS".
The three calvaries are a local monument, called Calvário de Friastelas. The mitre is an attribute of St. Martin, the local patron saint. The waves in base are symbolizing the riches of water, which gave the power for numerous local water mills in the past. The golden colour of the shield is symbolizing the material and spiritual riches of the commune, while the blue colour of the calvaries is alluding to a spiritual relation to heaven. The blue colour of the flag was chosen due to heraldiv rules and in order to repeat the blue colour of calvaries and waves in the arms.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2015

Draft of flag and arms made by Carlos Alberto Mouteira Fernandes. Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 14 September 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2015

Presentation of Friastelas

Friastelas Commune is one of the 39 communes of the Ponte de Lima municipality (q.v.); it had 449 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 4.2 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2015

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