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Vila Nova da Barquinha Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by antonio martins
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Vila Nova da Barquinha municipality
image by André Serranho, 24 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 blue. The coat of arms is azure, between two trees marron fruited sable, flanked by two barrels argent, a sail ship of the first sailed argent and flagged gules, on three wavy fesses argent, azure, argent. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "VILA NOVA DA BARQUINHA".
António Martins, 24 Aug 1999

The coat of arms refers to the local historical importance of river transport ("barquinha" means "little barge"), obscured by the railroad in the middle 19th. cent: This town is located in a strategical point upstream of the Tagus, connecting Lisbon and the coast with the major axis of the hinterland. When railroad was build, the main junction of the national network was located in the very nearby Entrocamento.
António Martins, 24 Aug 1999

My idea is that the brown (maroon) charges in this coat of arms are in fact golden / yellow, in a usual heraldic and typographic error, but we’re still waiting confirmation.
António Martins, 24 Aug 1999

Presentation of Vila Nova da Barquinha

Vila Nova da Barquinha municipality had 7420 inhabitants in 1990, and it is divided in 5 communes, covering 49 km2. It belongs to the Santarém District and to the old province of Ribatejo.
António Martins, 24 Aug 1999