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Sesimbra Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2014-08-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Sesimbra municipality#1]
2:3 image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2000
[Sesimbra municipality#2]
2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Aug 2014

See also: External links:
  • Page about Sesimbra at the Portuguese Municipalities’s Association website (incl. image of the arms)
    reported by António Martins, 18 Nov 2001
  • Arms page at the official (?) municipal website.
    Nice image of the coat of arms, but the text has some of heraldic mistakes.
    António Martins

About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2000

Coat of arms

[Sesimbra municipality CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 13 Oct 2008

The coat of arms is purple, a castle argent open sable charged with a St. James cross and between two crescents or in chief issuant from a base of six wayvy fesses argent and vert. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE SESIMBRA". (see left image above)
As usual, the castle stands for the local castle, the crescents for it’s former moorish lordship, the cross for the Order of St. James (Ordem de Santiago da Espada) and the wavy fesses for the sea.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2000

Variant with new coat of arms

Shield: base wavy realistic mainly grey with a few green spots, field Gules, St. James cross Purpure / Scroll: red with black inscription (see right image above)
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Aug 2014

Version without the coat of arms

Plain (monocoloured) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have variationswithout arms: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 July 1999

Presentation of Sesimbra

Sesimbra municipality had 27 970 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in three communes, covering 195 km². It belongs to the Setúbal District and to the old province of Estremadura.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2000

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