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Elvas Municipality (Portugal)

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[Elvas municipality]
by António Martins, 06 Nov 1998
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About the flag

City rank, honoured with the Order of Tower and Sword. The flag is all red and the coat of arms is most unusual — not for it’s shape, but for the charges themselves: gules, on a ground vert, a knight riding a horse sable, passant, dressed or with quinas and ornamented azure, the knight dressed argent, holding a banner of Portugal ancient in his sinister and holding a sword argent in his dexter. In a bordure argent, the inscription "CVSTODI NOS DOMINE VT PUPILLAM OCULI", meaning «Guard us, o Lord, as the spot of your eye», all in capitals sable, and with a cross patte sable, in the center top. Scroll reading "CIDADE DE ELVAS" in black capitals surrounds the collar.
António Martins, 06 Nov 1998

Version without the coat of arms

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 Elvas

Elvas is a quite important small city, capital of a municipality that neighbours Spain, with 631 km2 and 24 240 inhabitants in 11 communes. Currently belongs to the Portalegre district, its included in the traditional province Alto Alentejo, and will be in the future region Alentejo.
António Martins, 06 Nov 1998