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Algarve (Portugal)

Last modified: 2001-12-13 by antonio martins
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Algarvan heraldic motives

The moorish and christian kings in the Algarve municipal arms (13 out of 16 municipalities) shows a little different in each different coat of arms — and often the same arms show appreciable differences in various depictions.

Algarvan heads and azorean goshawk are the only distinctive regional charges in our municipal heraldry (plus the star in the municipalities of the Estrela Range region, though in a much lesser degree), having all the other charges a more local / historical character. The reasons for this are different, I think. Although in the Algarve what happens is that it used to be a de jure separate kingdom under a personal union with Portugal until the 20’s of the last century, thus having it’s own set of symbols (although no flag, as far as I know), in my humble opinion the goshawk derives from the obvious graphical expression of the name of the islands, since I don’t think they ever had arms until they became autonomous in the ’70s.
Jorge Candeias, 31 Mar 1999

Presentation of Algarve

The traditional region Algarve has an area of 4982 km2, and a population of 343 850 inhabitants as of 1990, living in 16 municipalities. The territory coincides exactly with the Faro District.
António Martins, 24 Jul 2001

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