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Caminha Municipality (Portugal)

Last modified: 2010-11-06 by antónio martins
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Caminha municipality
image by Sérgio Horta, 07 Nov 2007
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About the flag

It is a fairily typical portuguese municipal flag, with the coat of arms centered on a white and red background quarterly (town rank). This flag and arms were adopted and published in the official journal Diário da República : III Série in 2003.05.28, an unusually (very‼) late date. Recent depictions of the coat of arms show a similar design but quite different from the usual practice in its details; disagreement over this between the local Municipal Goverment and the heraldic authority may have postponed the official adoption of the arms all these decades (comparable towns got their arms back in the 1930ies).
António Martins, 07 Nov 2007

Arms detail

Caminha municipal arms
image by Sérgio Horta, 08 Nov 2007

The arms are Gules three towers Argent masoned sable open and litten Gules and the middle one higher and roofed and bearing a carved coat of arms and a clock, each tower on one of three islets Sable issuant from a campaign wavy Argent charged with a fess wavy Azure. Mural crown argent with four visible towers (town rank) and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "Caminha".
António Martins, 07 Nov 2007


Version without the coat of arms

Caminha plain flag
image by António Martins, 2010

Plain (monocolored) portuguese subnational flags are not allowed to have armless variations: plain flags always carry the coat of arms.
Jorge Candeias, 18 Jul 1999


Presentation of Caminha

Caminha municipality had 17 069 inhabitants in 2001, and it consists of 20 communes, covering 129,66 km². It is part of of Viana do Castelo District, traditional province Minho, 1999 ref. adm. region Entre Douro e Minho, C.C.R. / NUTS II Norte, and NUTS III Minho-Lima. "Caminha" means both "[do] walk" (from v. "caminhar") and "bedlet" (dim. of "cama", "bed"), but the actual etymology of this toponym is yet another.
António Martins, 07 Nov 2007


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