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Carção Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Carção, Concelho de Vimioso, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2014-10-25 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Carção commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 3 July 2010
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 July 2010

Coat of arms

[Carção commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 3 July 2010

The arms are Gules a seven-light candlestick Or garnished Sable between two pales wavy Azure fimbriated Argent, in chief fesswise a weaver's shuttle Or furnished with quills of yarn Azure. Mural crown argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading "CARÇÃO" in black upper case letters.
The candlestick might refer to a local historical community of crypto Jews (though these were mostly concentrated to the south of Vimioso) I just re-checked < >, and thereon it says that many inhabitants descend from "new chistians" (Jews and Muslims converted to Christianity in 1497), probably (I add) refugees from the Spanish expulsion of 1492. So, it is very likely that the candlestick on this flag is a menorah.
What should have been made clear, since "candlestick" and "candelabrum" are interchangeable given the correct qualification. The only slight qualification I might have on the use of "candelabrum" in this instance is that (at least by implication) a "candelabrum" is a decorative object, whilst a "candlestick" is (again by implication) more utilitarian, so if the object in question is meant to represent a "menorah" then perhaps the latter could be more appropriate.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 July 2010 and Chris Southworth, 5 July 2010

Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 20 January 2004
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 July 2010

Presentation of Carção

Carção Commune is one of the ten communes of Vimioso Municipality (q.v.); it had 525 inhabitants in 2001 and covers 26,60 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 July 2010

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