Flag of Ceuta
Flag of Ceuta
Proportion2:3
Adopted13 March 1995
DesignA black and white gyronny with the coat of arms of Ceuta in the center
Flags of Ceuta, Spain and the EU at the Palacio de la Asamblea de Ceuta

The flag of Ceuta is the flag of the Spanish city of Ceuta, consisting of a black and white gyronny with a central escutcheon displaying the municipal coat of arms. The civil flag omits the escutcheon.

The gyronny field is identical to that of the flag of Lisbon, to commemorate the fact of that flag having been the first raised in Ceuta by the Portuguese when they conquered the city in 1415.[1] The city was a part of the Portuguese Empire until the end of the Iberian Union in 1640, after which it decided to remain with Spain.[2] Thus the coat of arms of the city is nearly identical to that of the Kingdom of Portugal, showing the seven castles over the red bordure and the five escutcheons with silver roundels.[3]

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References

  1. ^ CBS News (1973). The New York Times Encyclopedic Almanac. New York Times, Book & Educational Division. p. 750. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  2. ^ John Drinkwater (1786). A History of the Late Siege of Gibraltar: With a Description and Account of that Garrison, from the Earliest Periods. T. Spilsbury. pp. 95. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  3. ^ Edward McMurdo (1889). The History of Portugal: The history of Portugal from the reign of D. João II to the reign of D. João V. S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. p. 25. Retrieved 8 July 2013.