Last modified: 2005-12-17 by antonio martins
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King Sancho I changed the design to five eschutcheons (small
shields) blue arranged in a cross (the ones in the sides pointing
to the center, the other three pointing downwards), each charged
with 11 silver circles. These five eschutcheons
(quinas) are said to represent
the five wounds of Christ (hands, feet and chest).
António Martins, 21 May 1997
This armourial bearings, called “Portugal
ancien” (argent, five eschuteons set in cross, the middle ones
pointing downwards and the side ones pointing inwards, each charged with
3+2+3+2+1 silver bezants) wre first used in 1185, with king D. Sancho I.
António Martins, 02 Oct 1998