Malaga flag: What it looks like and why

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Have you ever noticed that, although the flag of Spain is the official flag of the country, you can meet different ones in each province or city of Spain? Flags in Spanish territory have a long history.  Different symbols and colors began to be adopted by the kings of each region, as well as by various people who held titles of nobility. For instance, Leon’s house uses a mythological animal as the main design of its flag. Aragon uses a pattern of horizontal red and yellow stripes. Navarre consists of a series of yellow chains. On the other hand, the flag of Castile incorporated a purple lion and a castle. Andalusia province has its own flag, while the various cities that belong to it have different flags such as the flag of Malaga or Seville.

Flags of Spain
Flags of Spain

As we already said above, the history of the flags of Spain is very interesting and long. It dates back many years ago, depending on each region. Specifically in this article, we will focus on the Malaga flag; its colors, and its design. So, If you want to learn some useful information about the Malaga flag, then keep reading!

Information about the Spanish flag:

First of all, let’s start with some information about the official Spanish flag. The flag of Spain consists of three horizontal stripes in red and yellow with a coat of arms in the center. The design had received numerous variations over the years. Speaking about the current form of the flag, it dates back to 1981. In the center of the flag, there are the shields of the old Spanish kingdom and the Pillars of Hercules. Moreover, there is also a crown.  This crown exists to honor the role of the monarchy in the modern Spanish state. Also, referring to colors, red and gold are more like a tradition, while they do not present a symbolic meaning.

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The flag of Spain

Get to know Malaga and its flag:

To begin with here is some key information about Malaga. Initially, Malaga, capital of the Province of Málaga,  is the second most famous city in the autonomous community of Andalusia, following Seville, and the sixth-largest city in all of Spain. Also, it is located west of the Guadalhorce River. Andalusia has its own flag, which is the main of all Andalusian cities. However, each one of the cities owns a different flag. Speaking about Malaga, the current design of its flag was adopted relatively recently, in 1978; when Joaquín Jiménez Hidalgo was Council President.

Among the people of Malaga, there is a great attachment to the flag and its colors. In this way, it has become an important and representative symbol of the city. Malaga flag is divided vertically into two equal parts, purple on the left and green on the right side, with a specific design in the center. It was granted by the Catholic Monarchs, after the capture of the city by them, in the fifteenth century. What is more, the design in the center of the flag is based on the flag of the maritime province of Malaga.

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The flag of Malaga
Flag - Andalusia
The flag of Andalusia

The colors on Malaga flag

To start with, the colors that summarize the flag are red, blue, gold, purple, and green. In the coat of arms, Malaga city and the Gibralfaro are presented on the flag in a red background. The waves are silver over a blue background. Also, the prisoners’ enclosure is sketched in black and white. The ornaments are gold and the background is half-purple and half-green. Lastly, the saints have gold halos, blue cloaks, and gold tunics, as well as the collar of Saint Paula.

What is more, there are a lot of theories about the colors in the Malaga flag. One of them says that the roman historian, Tito Livio, speaking about the battle of Cannae, described Hannibal’s army with purple tunics dyed in the factories of Malaga against the nudity of Celts and Gauls. This is one of the explanations about the purple color on the Malaga flag. Also, in some religions purple symbolizes power. Again, this could be a reason for choosing this specific color.

Others assume that both purple and green color on the flag, are associated with the natural colors on Mount Gibralfaro. Specifically, these aforementioned colors are the ones that appear when direct sunlight hits the rock. Gibralfaro is a main landmark of Malaga. So, we could say, that these colors reflect Malaga’s nature and are chosen as symbols of the city. Of course, this last theory is more like a romantic or even a poetic narrative than a substantive explanation. In general, we could assume, there are no official sources providing accurate information about the colors of the Malaga flag.

The design on Malaga flag

As we already mentioned, in the center, and touching both parts of the Malaga flag, there is the coat of arms of the city. Since the sixteenth century, the design has kept the same colors. Nevertheless, have been minor changes in the inscriptions on the coat of arms. The coat of arms depicts the city and its patron Saints, St. Cyrianus and St. Paula. The bordure shows the badges of the Spanish Kings. Moreover, the Preamble of the Decree explains that the municipality found it necessary to modify the coat of arms to be compliant with its “most faithful historical tradition.”

Above the fag, there is the timbre, Spanish royal crown, open and without diadems, which is a circle of gold, set with precious stones, composed of eight acanthus leaf rosettes, five visible, interpolated with pearls. Also, the royal crown has that shape just like the ancient royal crown. Finally, given that there is a crown in many different flags of Spain, we could say that it is generally used as a symbol of the Spanish state.

The history and the design of the flags of the autonomous provinces of Spain are of great interest, for sure. If you are in the mood to learn more about Spain and other spanish autonomous provinces, you can click here.

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