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Saldanha Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Saldanha, Concelho de Mogadouro, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-07-15 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Saldanha commune] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 28 Feb 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain red field.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Feb 2016

Coat of arms

[Saldanha commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 28 Feb 2016

Shield Argent on a mound Vert a quiver with its arrows Or emphasized Sable per pale and on the chief a Roman sword (lit.: "gládio", not "espada") per fess Gules hilted Sable. Mural crown argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "SALDANHA"
The village name probably derived, as many others throughout the world, from the Leonese town Saldaña (nowadays in Palencia Province, Spain; its toponym is claimed to be Latin "saltus Dianae", "Diana's woods", and, as such, it could be also a case of multiple emergence as a toponym. The arms doesn't reflect either of these etymologies (which could have been done, for instance, by including a variation of the Mendoça family arms, or any of Diana's attributes). The arms instead show tokens of weaponry and orography; I have no knowledge about the reasons for this choice. Diana of the Hunt is represented adequately by the quiver of arrows.
António Martins-Tuválkin and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 28 Feb 2016 / 5 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 24 Maych 2005
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Feb 2016

Presentation of Saldanha

Saldanha Commune is one of the 21 communes of Mogadouro Municipality; it had 165 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 25.8 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Feb 2016

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