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Sardoal Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Sardoal, Distrito de Santarém

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[Sardoal municipality] 2:3 image by André Serranho, 3 Aug 1999
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About the flag

It is a quite typical Portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a background quarterly (meaning town rank) of white and green. The coat of arms is argent, a lizzard vert cornered per counter chevron of three fleurs-de-lis gules, in chief an escutcheon azure, five bezants set in saltire, crowned or. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE SARDOAL".
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Aug 1999, and Sérgio Horta, 28 Oct 1999

The arms are canting, since "sardoal" means "place of lizards" — from "sardão", partial synonym of "lagarto", "lizzard" (actually, "sardão" refers only to the species Lacerta lepida, while "lagarto", just like the english word "lizzard", refers to any middle-to-large sized, four legged, non-crocodylian, extant reptile).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Aug 1999

Presentation of Sardoal

Sardoal municipality had 4270 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 4 communes, covering 92.025 km2. It belongs to the Santarém District and to the old province of Ribatejo.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Aug 1999, and Sérgio Horta, 28 Oct 1999

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