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Caminha Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Caminha, Distrito de Viana do Castelo

Last modified: 2014-08-02 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Caminha municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 7 Nov 2007
See also: External links:
  • Page about Caminha at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001
  • Caminha, at the English Wikipedia
    reported by António Martins, 7 Nov 2007

About the Flag

It is a fairly typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a white and red background quarterly (town rank).
António Martins-Tuválkin,

Coat of arms

[Caminha municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 8 Nov 2007

The arms are Gules three towers Argent masoned Sable with port and windows Gules and the middle one higher and roofed and bearing a carved coat of arms and a clock, each tower on one of three islets Sable issuant from a base wavy Argent charged with a fess wavy Azure. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CAMINHA".
Recent depictions of the coat of arms show a similar design but quite different from the usual practice in its details; disagreement over this between the local Municipal Goverment and the heraldic authority may have postponed the official adoption of the arms all these decades (comparable towns got their arms back in the 1930ies).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Nov 2007

Flag and arms were adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série in 2003.05.28, an unusually (very‼) late date.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Nov 2007

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Presentation of Caminha

Caminha municipality had 17 069 inhabitants in 2001, and it consists of 14 communes, covering 129,66 km². It is part of of Viana do Castelo District, traditional province Minho, 1999 ref. adm. region Entre Douro e Minho, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Minho-Lima.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 Nov 2007

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