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Rio Maior Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by antonio martins
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Rio Maior Commune

Rio Maior commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 26 Oct 2001

Publish on Diário da República (the official journal), on 05/08/1999: Or field, 2 mounts vert charge with argent salt pyramid, over 5 wavy fess, 3 argent and 2 azure, in chief a purple bunch of grapes, lieffed vert. Argent 3 towers mural crown. White scroll with "FREGUESIA DE RIO MAIOR" in upper case black letters. Flag — quartered purple over white.
Sérgio Horta, 26 Oct 2001

The salt pyramid stands for the local unique salt mines — an underground filon of fossil seaborne halite which is drained by a river (also shown on the arms, as usual, and refered in the town’s name — canting arms) and deposited in a small aluvial plain, the salt being thus twice dissolved.
António Martins, 04 Nov 2001

Arms detail

Rio Maior communal arms
image by Sérgio Horta, 26 Oct 2001