Spain’s Flag – A Red And Yellow Beauty

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Spain´s flag (the national one) is as colorful as the

country itself with its red and yellow horizontal

triband.

The yellow stripe is in the middle and is twice as tall as

each red band, and the height of the flag is two-thirds the

width.

A simplified version of Spain´s coat-of-arms is pictured on

the yellow band, towards the hoist side.

The Spanish coat-of-arms includes the royal seal, framed by

the Pillars of Hercules, which represent Gibraltar and Ceuta

on either side of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar.

The red banners display the motto in Latin PLUS ULTRA, which

means “More Beyond”, alluding to Columbus´ discovery of the

New World.

The two columns flank a shield that displays a castle, a

lion wearing a crown, red and yellow vertical stripes, chain

mail, and three fleurs-de-lis in an oval in the center.

An ornate red and golden crown sits atop the shield.

The flag used today in Spain was officially adopted on

19 December 1981. Previous to this, there had been an eagle

on it as well but, in 1981, the eagle was removed, leaving

the current red/yellow/red triband with crowned arms.

The red and golden-yellow colors of Spain´s flag were first

used as long ago as the late 1700s by the King of Spain as

he tried to easily differentiate his ships from those of

other countries.

They were the original colors found within the coat-of-arms

of both the Castile and Aragon regions of the country, the

regions first united by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

There is a legend that holds that the colors of the flag

of Spain are derived from the bullfight arena, the red

respresenting the blood shed and the yellow the sand of

the arena! However, this is just a legend and not based

on historical facts!

The pledge to the Spanish flag is called the “Jura de

Bandera”, meaning “Oath of the Flag”.

Spain is divided into 17 different regions or autonomous

communities and each community also has its own

regional flag.

However, the red-and-yellow national flag of Spain is

recognized by all Spanish regions.

Now that you know all about Spain´s flag, why not come

on out here and watch one flapping in the warm,

Spanish breeze?