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Borba Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2007-06-09 by antónio martins
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Borba municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 24 Jul 1999
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About the flag

The flag is a plain red flag with the arms in the centre. The arms are as typical as you can get: a 4-towered mural crown, a scroll reading "VILA DE BORBA" and a silver sheld with sable counterchef. The shield is charged in chef by a green cross of Avis sided by two red crescents pointing upwards, in the middle by a red castle with white door and windows sided by two trees proper, and in counterchef by a white-blue-white wavy line with two silver fishes facing the center. Heavy, but relatively nice.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Nov 1998

Guessing the meaning of the arms, I’d say that the crescents are related to the moors and the cross to the Order of Avis (the town of Avis is not that far away, and it’s likely that the territory of Borba was part of the Order’s dominions), the wavy line may stand for one (or both) the creeks that spring near the town and cross the municipality: Ana Loura and Lucefece. I don’t know about the fishes, maybe they are related to some legend or to christianity, the castle stands for the fortifications of the town, as usual, and the trees may well stand for the land and it’s richnesses.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Nov 1998

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

Presentation of Borba

Borba is a town in Alentejo (Alto Alentejo traditional province), Évora district. The municipality is one of the smallest municipalities in Alentejo, be it in area (145,1 km²), in number of inhabitants (slightly over 8000) or in number of communes (4). The municipality is rural, mainly known for its wine.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999

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