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Nazaré Municipality (Portugal)

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Nazaré municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 25 Jan 2007
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About the flag

It is a fairily typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a yellow and red quartered (town rank) background. Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : I Série in 1957.06.03.
António Martins, 25 Jan 2007

Coat of arms

Nazaré municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 26 Jan 2007

The arms are Vert on a mound proper charged with a wavy fess Vert on a wavy fess Argent a tower Argent masone Sable and litten and open Gules with dome topped by a cross and over all two dolphins Or urinant respectant. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters scroll reading in black upper case letters "NAZARÉ".
António Martins, 25 Jan 2007

Version without the coat of arms

Nazaré plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

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

Mistaken flag with green stripe

A curious photo used in a 1970’ies postcard shows the municipal and national flags hoisted on two poles seen from their intersection line, looking like a single red, yellow and green flag.
António Martins, 25 Jan 2007

Presentation of Nazaré

Nazaré municipality had 15 060 inhabitants in 2001, and it consists of 3 communes, covering 80,49 km². It is part of Leiria District, traditional province Estremadura, 1999 ref. adm. region Estremadura e Ribatejo, current C.C.R. / NUTS II Centro, pre-2002 C.C.R. / NUTS II Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, and NUTS III Oeste.
António Martins, 25 Jan 2007

"Nazaré" is the traditional Portuguese form for Nazareth (נָצְרַת), in the “Holy Land”.
António Martins, 2010

Before 1912, Nazaré was named Pederneira (=Flint). I suppose the name change occurred as a reaction against secular Church-State seppartion policies adopted by the republican Government, based on the local marian apparition veneration of Our Lady of Nazareth (Nossa Senhora da Nazaré).
António Martins, 25 Jan 2007

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