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Alava Province (Basque Country, Spain)

Álava, Araba

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[Alava Province (Basque Country, Spain)] 2:3
by Luis Miguel Arias

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According to the Manual del Estado Español (Handbook of the Spanish State, Spanish text only) by Editorial Lama, both the flag and coat-of-arms were adopted on the 20th December 1984:

Pascal Vagnat, 16 July 1999

The motto reads "en aumento de la justicia contra malhechores", more or less "increasing justice against offenders". It is usual to depict the 'u' as a 'v' in mottoes and similar instances, thus the motto actually is spelt "avmento". In this case, the traditional arms remain in use by the provincial authorities of Álava, whereas the Basque autonomous government omits the "monarchical, lordly and/or fratricidal" motto in the Álava quarter of their arms.

Santiago Dotor, 25 October 2000

The colour should be crimsom red, as shown in Calvo and Grávalos 1983 and Ministerio para las Administraciones Públicas 1992, maybe darker than in my image, RGB 255-0-0 or RGB 204-0-0.

Luis Miguel Arias, 14 November 2001


[Alava Province coat-of-arms (Basque Country, Spain)]
by Luis Miguel Arias

I have drawn the coat of arms following the design it has in the header of the Official Bulletin of the Province.

Luis Miguel Arias, 9 November 2001