Portuguese Flag

Portuguese Flag

The Flag of Portugal - Description of the Portuguese Flag

As the above picture of the Portuguese Flag indicates the overall background is Red and green

The description of the Portuguese Flag is as follows:

Two vertical bands of green (hoist side, two-fifths) and red (three-fifths)

The Portuguese coat of arms centered on the green and red dividing line

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Portuguese flag represent the following:

Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour

Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance

The basic style shown in the picture of the Portuguese flag is described as Emblem - reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Portuguese flag is described as 2:3 ( length 1 times the height )

The emblem on the Portuguese flag pictures the Portuguese Coat of Arms

A red shield with seven small yellow castles and surrounded by yellow straps

A white shield, within the red shield, containing five small blue shields with white dots

Five blue small shields within the white shield

The Meaning & History of the Portuguese Flag and Coat of Arms - The Portuguese emblem depicts the coat of Arms:

1100's - King Sancho II adopted a coat of arms consisting of five blue shield-shaped emblems in the form of a cross each charged with silver dots1100's

1200's King Alfonso III added the shield with the red border with the golden castles

1816 The gold armillary sphere on a blue field was added to the shield and a royal crown placed overall

The Portuguese Flag and Coat of Arms were adopted on 30 June 1911

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