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Cascais Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Cascais, Distrito de Lisboa

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[Cascais municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003
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About the Flag

It is a fairly typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain red field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

Coat of arms

[Cascais municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 12 Sep 2003

Shield Argent a castle Gules upon basement Sable stoned argent, in base a fess wavy Argent charged with two barrulets wavy Vert covered by a fishing net Or. Mural crown Argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading "VILA DE CASCAIS" in black upper case letters.
Though there is no widely known castle in the municipality, it must stand for something in the coat of arms — perhaps for the casino and all the more than one century old turf centre, which Cascais is (the municipality includes well known Estoril). The fishing net stands for the local fishing traditions.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

Flag and arms adopted and published in Diário do Governo : I Série on 15 June 1934
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

Version without Coat of Arms

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

Variant without scroll

[Cascais municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

Like Sintra, though less often, there is a widely used variant of the coat of arms without the scroll.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

Presentation of Cascais

Just like neighbouring Sintra, the municipal seat Cascais is proud of its town rank and had not applied to its upgrade, though it would be easily granted (enough population and strong economy). Cascais municipality had 168 827 inhabitants in 2000 (156 820 in 1990), and it is divided in 6 communes, covering 97 km². It belongs to the Lisboa District and to the old province of Estremadura.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 Sep 2003

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