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Macedo de Cavaleiros Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Concelho de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-05-03 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: macedo de cavaleiros(freguesia) | sword | keys(crossed) | mace |
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[Macedo de Cavaleiros commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 27 Mar 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain yellow field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

[Macedo de Cavaleiros commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 27 Mar 2016

Shield Vert, a sword Argent guarded and hilted Or,in chief two keys per saltire, one Or bendwise over another Argent sinister-bendwise, both tied Argent, in base two maces Or per saltire. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "FREGUESIA DE MACEDO DE CAVALEIROS".
The word "macedo" is a cognate of "maça" (="mace"), and the arms are partly canting for it. However the whole story goes beyond that and was adequately (or so I'm told) covered in a monograph by Pedro Barbosa and Carlos Mendes: "De Macedo a Macedo de Cavaleiros (Via Aljubarrota) : A figura de Martim Gonçalves de Macedo" see: here. The crossed keys are an attribute of St. Peter.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin, and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 9 May 2001
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Mar 2016

Presentation of Macedo de Cavaleiros

Macedo de Cavaleiros Commune is one of the 30 communes of Macedo de Cavaleiros Municipality; it had 6257 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 15.3 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 Mar 2016

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