History of the Spanish flag

This is a brief history of the flag, it origins and why it was chosen to represent the country. 

The Spanish Flag

Spain has a beautiful and sumptuous flag that indicates its domain. Flags are used to symbolize a country’s history and development. The Spanish flag gives a brief look at the triumphs and conflicts the country has had. It is essential to take a profound look at the flag’s design. Every detail counts the color, width, length, and horizontal stripes. The flag shows us a vital part of Spain when kings and queens govern, and kingdoms reigned. Spain has seventeen self-governing regions with different cultures and topography. La Rojigualda is how the flag is known in Spain. The design is three horizontal stripes, two red and one yellow. It is crucial to notice that the red strips are half the width of the yellow ones. It is possible to appreciate the Spanish Coat of Arms’ yellow band, strategically located towards the sky. The yellow symbolizes the spirit of giving while the red courage and heroism.

The Spanish Flag History

Over the years, the Spanish Flag has gone through several changes. Most of these transitions were caused by several empires governing the country at different moments. According to historians, the Cross of Burgundy was Spain’s first flag. This flag was white or yellow with the cross of Burgundy at the center. The flag adopted the design for three centuries (15th to 18th century). It was Philip the Handsome responsible for incorporating this flag and utilized it during his regime.

After that, many kings modified the Cross of Burgundy flag. The royal arms were redesigned by Phillip V. The new design was created by Charles-Rene d’Hozier and Pierre Clairambault. During the Second Republic years, the Spanish flag changed its design; in it was included the eagle of John the Baptist and the pillars you observe on the current flag were outside the wings.

Spain’s national flag received its current Coat of Arms in December 1981.

Spain’s Coat Of Arms

If you’re curious about the symbols inside the Coat of Arms, here there are:

  • The castle symbolizes the Kingdom of Castile and the Lion, the Kingdom of León.
  • The Kingdom of Aragón is represented by the vertical stripes: four red and five yellow alternating.
  • The chains illustrate the Kingdom of Navarre and the pomegranate fruit, the Moorish Kingdom of Granada.
  • The two columns represent the Pillars of Hércules, Cueta, and Gibraltar. Please notice that it is written the phrase father beyond in Latin: Plus Ultra.

One of the most remarkable facts about the Spanish flag is that the flag’s left part is named the hoist, while the other half the fly. Hoist means the act of lifting the flag. When Spain’s government raises the flag half-mast, it denotes mourning; a black ribbon is also secured on the flag. On the other hand, if the flag is upside down, it stands for hardship. Finally, you can see the Spanish flag raised in the administration offices. Next time you see the flag, think about how the colors and symbols represent Spain’s past events and experiences, and progress.

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