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Almeirim Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Almeirim, Distrito de Santarém

Last modified: 2014-08-30 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Almeirim municipality] 2:3 image by Jorge Candeias, 10 June 1998 and 16 July 2004
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About the Flag

The flag is a gyronny of purple over dark yellow (in my sources; plain yellow most likely in the official text) with a typical coat of arms in the centre (city rank).
Jorge Candeias, 10 June 1998

Coat of arms

[Almeirim municipality CoA] image by Jorge Candeias, 12 July 1998

The coat of arms has a 5-towered mural crown (city rank), a scroll reading "CIDADE DE ALMEIRIM" and a very busy shield. This is vertically divided in 3 equal stripes of gold black and gold, the golden stripes are charged with purple grapes above and below a red horn (similar to the ones usually associated with post services), and the black stripe is charged with something in gold I can’t identify above, charged with a quina, a golden heraldic eagle in the centre and 3 wavy lines in silver-blue-silver below.
Trying to guess the meaning of the charges, I’d say that the wavy lines stand for the river, the grapes for the fertility of the fields and the main culture there, the horns may reflect one of the origins of the city.
Jorge Candeias, 10 June 1998

Almeirim was uppgraded and made seat of a municipality on 16 August 1991
Sérgio Horta, 10 June 1998

Version without Coat of Arms

[Almeirim municipality plain] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, Apr 2010

Plain (monocoloured) Portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variations without arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Almeirim

Almeirim is a city that belongs to the district of Santarém, old province of Ribatejo, future eventual region of Ribatejo e Oeste. It is very near Santarém, 7 km across the river Tejo and a few fields in a fertile area. The municipality has 222 km² and over 21 000 inhabitants (21 778 as of 2000, census data) in only 4 communes.
Jorge Candeias, 10 Jun 1998

Other flags

Banda Marcial de Almeirim
local marching band

B.M.A. flag
image by António Martins, 16 Jul 2004

At the home page of Banda Marcial de Almeirim, a Portuguese marching band of Almeirim city, its flag shows in two on line photos:

António Martins-Tuválkin, 16 Jul 2004

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