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Incorrect depictions of the portuguese national flag

Last modified: 2002-02-07 by antonio martins
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Towers for castles

This flag (officially lowered for the last time at the private residence of the last portuguese governor of Macao) is wrong!! It has towers instead of castles! (That is a quite usual mistake, by the way.) Some joke of an empire, I say: they dont even care to have properly depicted flags!
António Martins, 23 Dec 1999


Wrong ratio 9:13

[wrong flag]
by António Martins, 13 Jul 1999

However I was shocked to learn that flag manufacturers make the national flag in 90×130 cm dimentions (ratio 9:13), instead of the correct 90×135 cm (ratio 2:3): I was told by one of them that it is so because 130 is a “more even” number than 135!... At any rate, however, larger flags follow the official proportions: seems that f.i. the figures 2×3 m are “even” enough... However, since 90 cm high are the most often used flags, one can say that there are more wrong flags in use than correct ones.
António Martins, 13 Jul 1999


No sphere

[wrong flag]
by António Martins, 18 Jul 1999

The average portuguese flag... lacking the armillary sphere... I found this in a restaurant in Barcelona, serving brazilian and portuguese cuisine. It could be a monarchist flag, using though the republican colors and lacking the crown — but it would be the only one I ever saw. I bet for sheer ignorance and carelessness.
António Martins, 18 Jul 1999 and 07 Nov 2001





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