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Today a patriotic felling ;-)
One day I was walking in Eduard VII Park in Lisbon and in the top of the Park I sow this huge national flag blowing in the wind.
I thought it might result in a beautiful image because it was the end of the evening and there was a special light.
The flag of the Portuguese Republic is a 2:3 green and red rectangle divided vertically into green at the hoist (2/5 of the flag’s length) and red at the fly (3/5). Centered in this partition a coat of arms consisting of an armillary sphere charged with the traditional Portuguese shield. It was officially adopted on June 30, 1911, but had in fact been in use since the Republican revolution of 5 October 1910.
The traditional Portuguese shield (escudo) is present in almost every single Portuguese flag. And it is the prime Portuguese symbol, and as well as one of the oldest national symbols still used in the world and certainly one of the oldest in Europe. Used for more than 800 years, appears on all the Portuguese flags, except the first one. But the shield is in fact an evolution whose roots are in the first flag (1143-1185) and first king of Portugal.
The circular design is an armillary sphere which replaced the crown in the old monarchist flag. It represented the Portuguese Colonial Empire at the time of the Revolution as well as the discoveries of Portuguese explorers throughout the world. It was the symbol of King Manuel I (1495-1521), the "fortunate king", who ruled during the time period generally regarded as the peak of Portuguese power. Also, lending to the sphere's significance, the sphere was commonly used in town and city pillories.

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