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Ourém Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2006-02-18 by antonio martins
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Ourém municipality
image by António Martins, 07 Mar 1999
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About the flag

The flag is gyronny of eight, red and white; in the center, the coat of arms. These are: argent, an eagle gules, langued sable and crowned (around the neck!) argent, holding in its claws an enschteon charged with Portugal ancient (modern version — only five bezants in each eschuteon). Mural crown argent with five visible towers (city rank) and white scroll reading "CIDADE DE OURÉM" in black upper case letters.
António Martins, 07 Mar 1999

Presentation of Ourém

Oure’m is one of the municipalities of the Santarém district and of the old province of Ribatejo, covering 420 km2 in 18 communes where live 40 360 inhabitants (1992 data). Until recently, this city was a town, known as Vila Nova de Ourém.
António Martins, 07 Mar 1999

Unofficial flags

Supposed logo flag

Ourém unofficial flag
image by António Martins, 22 Aug 1999

My source, a friend’s friend some years ago, was not very interested in flags — but as a local she should have minimal reliability. The flag was described as being «blue and green with the logo on it» and I got all interested, assuming that "logo" would mean here "coat of arms" and a portuguese municipal flag background of green and blue would be something noteworthy (back then I didn’t knew the official flag). However, this source was quite insisting that there was a wider white stripe in the middle with the logo (not the coat of arms) on it.
António Martins, 22 Aug 1999

It is interesting to note that, in this almost unique case where the official coat of arms uses a charge seldom in portuguese civic heraldry, while the (unofficial) logo uses three motives almost ubiquous in portuguese civic heraldry: castle, grapes, and wave…
António Martins, 15 Aug 2001

Commune flags

Atouguia Commune

Atouguia commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 23 Oct 2001

Published on the official journal (Diário da República) on 31/12/1997: «Or field, a banner gules, charged by a argent cross flory voided, in the chief two “white lilies” (açucena, in portuguese) vert branches, argent flowers, crossed in saltire, in the point, a olive tree branch, lieved vert and fruited sable. Argent 3 towers mural crown. White scroll with ATOUGUIA - OURÉM in upper case black letters».
Sérgio Horta, 23 Oct 2001

arms detail

arms of Atouguia commune
image by Sérgio Horta, 23 Oct 2001