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Elvas Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Elvas, Distrito de Portalegre

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[Elvas municipality] 2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Nov 1998
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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, 6 Nov 1998

Coat of arms

[Elvas municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta,

City rank, honoured with the Order of Tower and Sword. The flag is all red and the coat of arms is most unusual — not for it’s shape, but for the charges themselves:
Gules, on a ground Vert, a knight riding a horse Sable, passant, dressed Or with quinas and ornamented Azure, the knight armed Argent, holding a banner of Portugal ancient in his sinister and holding a sword Argent in his dexter hand. In a bordure Argent, the inscription "CVSTODI NOS DOMINE VT PUPILLAM OCULI", meaning «Guard us, o Lord, as the spot of your eye», all in capitals Sable, and with a cross patty Sable, in central chief. Mural crown Argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black capitals "CIDADE DE ELVAS" surrounds the collar.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Nov 1998

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

Presentation of Elvas

Elvas is a quite important small city, capital of a municipality that neighbours Spain, with 631 km² and 24 240 inhabitants in 7 communes. Currently belongs to the Portalegre district, its included in the traditional province Alto Alentejo, and will be in the future region Alentejo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 6 Nov 1998

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