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Aljezur Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-09-30 by antónio martins
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Aljezur municipality
image by Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1998
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About the flag

It’s flag is a plain blue flag with the municipal coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms features 3 wavy lines below of silver-green-silver, a red tower with a blue door on a black hill and in chef the traditional symbols of Algarve: a christian king and a moor king, all in a silver background. Above the shield, a four-towered mural crown and below a scroll reading "VILA DE ALJEZUR". A recent source shows many differences in the charges of the shield.
Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1998

I’d say that the waves represent the sea and the kings represent Algarve.
Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1998

Aljezur has a small but full fledged moorish castle. The tower might symbolize it.
António Martins, 26 May 1998

Version without the coat of arms

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

Coat of arms variation

Aljezur plain flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 02 Jul 1998

A recent source shows many differences in the charges of the shield: the tower with a different shape, with a second door in the second floor, and with small windows in both floors, the wavy lines a lot narrower, leaving a black space below and a lower hill.
Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1998

Presentation of Aljezur

Aljezur is another town from my own region, Algarvedistrict of Faro, old province of Algarve. This municipality is placed in the western coast of Algarve, bordering the Alentejo to the north. It has an area of 323,6 km2 and less than 5000 inhabitants distributed in 4 communes. This municipality is also quite poor, relying mostly on agriculture. However, there are now some prospects of touristic development, both (algarvain) traditional tourism of sun and beach, and also ecological tourism, because part of it’s territory belongs to a natural park (Natural Park of Southwestern Alentejo and St. Vincent Coast).
Jorge Candeias, 21 May 1998

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