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Vila de Rei Municipality (Portugal)

Concelho de Vila de Rei, Distrito de Castelo Branco

Last modified: 2015-07-02 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Vila de Rei municipality] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 20 Dec 2006
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a yellow and blue quartered background (town rank). Flag and arms adopted and published in the official journal Diário do Governo : I Série in 1939.05.02.
António Martins, 20 Dec 2006

Coat of arms

Vila de Rei municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 20 Dec 2006

The arms are argent above three wavy fesses azure in counterchief and between an orbicular cross gules at dexter and a cross patty gules voided an escutcheon charged with five plates per saltire and on a chief gules a feather or per fess. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA DE REI".
António Martins, 20 Dec 2006

Version without the coat of arms

Vila de Rei 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

Presentation of Vila de Rei

Vila de Rei municipality had 3242 inhabitants in 2001, and it is divided in 3 communes, covering 191,6 km². It is part of: Castelo Branco District, traditional province Beira Baixa, 1999 ref. adm. region Beira Interior, C.C.R. / NUTS II Centro and NUTS III Pinhal Interior Sul. "Vila de rei" means "king’s town", showing a royal historical connection which is reflected in the quina escutcheon.
António Martins, 20 Dec 2006

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