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Medellin (Antioquia, Colombia)


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image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 July 2006

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Communication from Esteban Rivera: The flag of Medellin is white and green in equal stripes with the town's coat-of-arms in the center. White symbolizes purity, integrity, obedience, firmness and eloquence; green represents hope, abundance, freedom and faith.
Jaume Olle'

Official government regulation on the flag and Coat of Arms are at:
- Official website of the Mayor of Medellin
- Official website of the Council of Medellin, the Legislative body of the City
- Official city bid for the 2010 South American Games, awarded to Medellin
See also at wikipedia.
E.R., 4 February 2009

Coat of Arms

image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 July 2006

The coat-of-arms in blue field shows a gold tower and above the door a shield checky, 7 parts blue and 8 gold. In the upper part two towers and between them the image of Nuestra Sen~ora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of the Candelmas), the town's patron saint; the coat of arms of Medellin was granted by Royal Grant given in Madrid by King Charles II.
Jaume Olle'

The Revista Credencial is dedicating several editions to the history of the Colombian cities which are capitals of Departments in Colombia. On the Edition 230 of February 2009 it features the history of Medellin.
It mentions that the Escudo de Armas (Coat of Arms) of the city was granted by Spanish King Carlos II (Charles II) in 1678 after the Villa de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria de Medellín was established. The image of the Coat of Arms can be seen here.
There's also an official description on the official website of the city.
E.R., 16 June 2009


image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 September 2005

Flag of Metroseguridad (=Metrosecurity). It is a company owned and run by the Government of the City of Medellin, Colombia. This public company is in charge of much of the security of Medellin, operating with authorized Police and other security personnel for the safety of the City. Official website: <>.
Note that it has the same color structure as the flag of Medellin.
E.R., 10 September 2005

Metro de Medellín

image by Eugene Ipavec, E.R., 21 February 2010

image by Eugene Ipavec, E.R., 21 February 2010

The Metro de Medellín is an urban train that crosses the Metropolitan Area of Medellín from North to South and from Centre to West. As one of the first experiences of modern mass transportation in Colombia, the Metro of Medellín is a product of the urban planning of the Antioquia. The city of Medellín and its urban complex (ten cities in the Aburrá Valley), is a city with relatively recent industrial development that started in the 1930s. The streetcar (tranvía) at the beginning of the 20th Century can be considered as predecessor of the 21st century Metro of Medellín. The company known in Spanish as Empresa de Transporte Masivo del Valle de Aburrá - Metro de Medellín Ltda was created on May 31, 1979. The Transportation system began operations in December 1995. The company also operates the first world integration of a trains urban system with an air cable, called Metrocable, which started operations in July 2004. It is a publicly owned company (The State, Department of Antioquia and the City of Medellin are its main shareholders).
The flag is a white rectangular flag, with two stripes in the middle, same size each, top yellow and bottom green, with the logo in the middle.
Sources: wikipedia, Official website.
E.R., 21 February 2010

Disarmament Plan

image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 August 2009

There is currently a disarmament program run by the Government of the City of Medellín and it is called "Plan Desarme" (Disarmament Plan). The Plan has three components:
1. Teaching courses
2. Social participation and public management
3. Police action
Source: <>.
The flag of this program is seen at <> (article with picture), <> (previous article, picture only), <> (article with picture by Spanish newspaper El Mundo), <> (article with picture by Argentinian newspaper La Voz) and <> (previous article, picture only)
The flag is on white background and in circular shape it reads on top in small black letters "sin armas" (without weapons), and on th bottom "la vida es otro cuenta" (life is another story). On the middle there is a M1911 pistol with the prohibition sign (red circle with diagonal line from left to right).
I have also seen this flag displayed on a local Police station in the neighborhood of El Poblado in the city of Medellín, thus it is an official flag.
E.R., 19 August 2009

Metropolotian Area of the Aburra Valley

image by Eugene Ipavec, 31 July 2006

Medellín and its Metropolitan Area - Medellín, the captial of the Department of Antioquia, together with  other municipalities, form the "Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, or Metropolotian Area of the Aburra Valley.  This is for economic purposes, in order to get more funds from the central government.  They have an English page available too: <>.
This "Area" is made up of 7 municipalities, which are as follows: Medellín, Bello, Barbosa, Copacabana, La Estrella, Girardota, Itagüí, Envigado, Caldas and Sabaneta. (Each one has its own flag, anthem and Coat of Arms). 
E. R., 5 September 2001

The flag of Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá is the logo on white background. The Área Metropolitana was established in 1980 and regulated by Law No. 128 of 1994, and Law No. 99 of 1993.
E. R., 31 July 2006 and 11 January 2008

Mayor Square - Medellin, Conventions and Expositions

image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 August 2010

Plaza Mayor - Medellín, Convenciones y Exposiciones (Mayor Square - Medellin, Conventions and Expositions) was established in March 2006 as a merger between the Palacio de Exposiciones (Expositions Hall) and the Centro de Convenciones (Convention Center) to give Medellín an integrated space in its projection as an ideal venue for business and conventions as well.
This organization is a mix between public and private capital, having as major shareholders the Alcaldía de Medellín (Medellin Mayor's Office), the Cómara de Comercio (Medellín Chamber of Commerce),   and the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (National Federation of Coffegrowers).
One can see in the Manual de Imágen Corporativa (Manual of Corporate Image) the logo's official colors in CMYK, Pantone and RGB codes (page 4), as well as a construction sheet (page 7).
Esteban Rivera, 21 August 2010

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