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Vendas Novas Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by antonio martins
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Vendas Novas municipality
image by André Serranho, 19 Nov 2003
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About the flag

It is a quite typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a background gyronny (meaning city rank) of red and yellow. The coat of arms is sable a cork oak vert glaned and decorked gules flanked by to bombs or exploding gules and or. Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "CIDADE DE VENDAS NOVAS".
António Martins, 19 Nov 2003

The toponym "vendas novas" means something like "new sellyards", but the arms allude to something different: the local importance of cork extraction and the large local artillery facility.
António Martins, 19 Nov 2003

Presentation of Vendas Novas

Vendas Novas municipality had 11 646 inhabitants in 2000 (10 310 in 1990), and it is divided in 2 communes, covering 223 km2. It belongs to the Évora District and to the old province of Baixo Alentejo.
António Martins, 19 Nov 2003

Vendas Novas had its development based in the establishment of the Artillery School of the Portuguese Army and a railway station that is the interface of two railway lines. On 21 August 1911 it was promoted from aldeia (village) to the rank of vila (town). On 7 September 1962 was created the concelho (municipality) of Vendas Novas (dettached from Montemor-o-Novo). Finally, in 1993, Vendas Novas was up-ranked from vila to cidade (city).
Francisco Santos, 16 Apr 2003

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In 1993 Vendas Novas was up-ranked from vila to cidade. The new status originated two heraldic and vexillogical changes: from 4 to 5-towered mural crown in the coat of arms, and the flag from quartely to gironny flag. Both changes follow the Portuguese general rules on the matter.
Francisco Santos, 16 Apr 2003