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Duc de Brouilly24 Jan 2023 2:29 a.m. PST

Feel I should know this, so am a little embarrassed to ask. During the Napoleonic period many countries had an animal as their symbol: eagles for France, Austria and Russia of course. I had it in the back of my mind that Portugal's symbol was a lion but couldn't find anything to back this up. Indeed the only reference I could find were a pair of dragons supporting the Portuguese royal arms. Anyone able to shed some light on the issue?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jan 2023 3:44 a.m. PST

Eagles are really for Napoleon (he wanted to join the emperor's club), for France it is a cockerel.

Dragons are used as the supporters and have been since St George was adopted as the patron saint; first in Or, later in green. Before that, and in some use until recent times, two angels (often bearing flags & armillary spheres) were the most common supporters.

Mark J Wilson24 Jan 2023 6:22 a.m. PST

for what it's worth the modern unofficial animal is the Barcelos Rooster.

Duc de Brouilly24 Jan 2023 9:26 a.m. PST

Thus, Wellington's "fighting cocks".

JAFD2624 Jan 2023 10:43 a.m. PST

FWIW, the symbols of the two big soccer/football clubs in Lisbon are the Red Eagle of Benfica and the Green Lion of Sporting Portugal

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