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Viseu Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by antonio martins
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Viseu municipality
image by António Martins, 15 Dec 1998
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About the flag

The flag is gyronny red and yellow, with the municipal coat of arms in the center: argent, a castle gules, litten and open or, with a hornblower blowing or, dressed sable, headdressed argent and of complexion of the same, on top of the dexter tower, and an apple tree vert, fructed or, stemmed sable, on the sinister tower. Mural crown of five towers (which, toghether with the gyronny partition shows the municipality seat in city rank), and white scroll reading "CIDADE DE VISEU" in black capitals. No clues about the meaning of the apple tree nor the hornblower; the castle, as usual, stands for the local castle.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998

I believe there is no British (nor German) heraldry equivalent to the French "ajouré" and the Spanish "aclarado" [portuguese "iluminado"] — only «with windows and gate x» (where "x" is the hue). But "litten" sounds great!
Santiago Dotor, 17 Dec 1998

Presentation of Viseu

Viseu is a 508 km2 municipality in the Viseu district and in the old province of Beira Alta, with 83 940 inhabitants in 33 communes.
António Martins, 15 Dec 1998