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Municipal Flags (Ciudad Real Province, Castile-La Mancha, Spain)

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Introduction

My series of flag images pertaining to cities of Ciudad Real province were taken from Eduardo Panizo's Vexilla Hispanica website and resized and retouched to FOTW size. So the credits should obviously include him. Most flag ratios are 2:3, with some exceptions of 1:2.

Several city names start with al-, a clear reference to Arab influence.

Blas Delgado, 20 January 2002

Municipal flags with 1:2 ratios are possibly influenced by the fact that the regional flag of Castile-La Mancha is 1:2, unlike most other Spanish regional flags the only two other exceptions to the 2:3 rule being the Basque Country (14:25) and the Madrid Community (7:11).

Not only names starting with Al- have Arab origin, but also many others where the 'l' has evolved into a different sound for instance, Argamasilla. And there are dozens of Spanish towns and rivers of course called Guad- which obviously derives from Arab Wad meaning river. On the other hand, there are many names starting with Al- which are not Arab in origin, for instance Alba.

Santiago Dotor, 21 January 2002

Spanish vexillologist Eduardo Panizo is the author of Panizo 1989 which deals with civic heraldry in Ciudad Real province.

Santiago Dotor, 28 September 2004

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