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Salamanca Province (Castile and Leon, Spain)

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[Salamanca Province (Castile and Leon, Spain)] 2:3
by António Martins

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According to the Manual del Estado Español (Handbook of the Spanish State, Spanish text only) by Editorial Lama: no [officially adopted?] flag; coat-of-arms used since the 1950s.

Pascal Vagnat, 16 July 1999

I recently spent a long weekend in southeastern Salamanca province as well as in Salamanca city itself. Apart from the Spanish, the European and the Castile and Leon flags there were not many to be seen. Most towns in the area (Béjar, Candelario, Miranda del Castañar, La Alberca) do not seem to have a flag of their own, and their city halls only display the above three flags. The Castile and Leon flag is rarely ommitted here, as no trace of Leonese "autonomism" is apparent in this area. Only at Salamanca city did I see two other flags, those of the city and of the provincial Diputación or council. They both consist of a coat-of-arms on a purple field, of a shade very similar to that of Leon.

The provincial arms can be seen at the official webpage of the Diputación Provincial and also here, with a more "artistic" rendering and an incorrect crown (note that transparencies should be Argent ie. white). They incorporate the quartered arms of the most important towns in Salamanca province (Ciudad Rodrigo, Béjar, Peñaranda de Bracamonte and Vitigudino), with the Salamanca city arms ("old" version) on a central, oval, uncrowned inescutcheon. This time the crest is a closed royal crown.

The provincial flag had a 2:3 ratio and its coat-of-arms was centered but smaller than that of the city, about one third of the hoist high.

The Salamanca city hall (where I saw both flags) flew five flags, from left to right: Salamanca province, Castile and Leon, Spain, Salamanca city and European Union.

Santiago Dotor, 17 November 1999

The flag of Salamanca province is purple with the provincial coat-of-arms on it, hoisted (at least) at the City Hall and Diputación Provincial (provincial government) HQ balconies. I saw two actual flags hoisted, from the balconies of the City Hall and Diputación Provincial buildings, the Plaza Mayor and Salinas palace respectively. Both seemed to be some kind of purpure, reddish purple, and not the pinker shade used in the León flags. It is officially referred to as fuchsia [bright, purplish-red color], according to verbal information from the provincial government.

António Martins, 23 and 27 July 2002

I was born and live in Salamanca and have repeatedly observed the flags hoisted at (...) the Palacio de la Salina (Diputación Provincial building). The provincial flag has a light purple colour very similar to that of León; the city flag has a red field. (...) The design of the provincial coat-of-arms taken from the provincial government website which appears on the above image is a simplified logo which differs from the arms on actual flags.

José Almeida, 14 October 2004


[Coat-of-Arms (Salamanca Province, Castile and Leon, Spain)]
from the Diputación Provincial website

The coat-of-arms, taken from the Diputación Provincial website. Since it is 219 pixels high, I guess it was drawn by Jaume Ollé.

António Martins, 27 July 2002

Former Flag

[Former Flag (Salamanca Province, Castile and Leon, Spain)] 2:3
by Jens Pattke

Salamanca province flag recently posted seems to be official but adoption is probably unwrited. The color used is dark red, but sometimes is purple.

Jaume Ollé, 27 February 2000

Unofficial flag. The source for Jens Pattke's image is Ministerio para las Administraciones Públicas 1992.

Falko Schmidt, 16 January 2002

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