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Palmela Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2007-07-28 by antónio martins
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Palmela municipality
image by André Serranho, 24 Feb 2000
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a red plain background. The coat of arms is or, a hand of the same (?) holding a palm vert, bellow five eschuteons set in cross each charged with a saltire of five plates, all betwen two St. James crosses gules charged in its hearts with a pelican in its piety or, each above a tower gules. (Lots of strange things in this blazon — I sure would like to see the official text…) Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE PALMELA". The arms are canting, as "palmela" means "small palm".
António Martins, 24 Feb 2000

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 Palmela

Palmela municipality had 45 150 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 5 communes, covering 462 km². It belongs to the Setúbal District and to the old province of Extremadura.
António Martins, 24 Feb 2000

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