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Burgos Province (Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Burgos Province - Image from the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 12 January 2014

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Presentation of Burgos Province

Burgos Province (374,826 inhabitants in 2010; 14,292 sq. km) is located in the northeast of Castilla y León.

Ivan Sache, 4 June 2011

Flag of Burgos Province

The flag and arms of the province are prescribed by the Reglamento de Condecoraciones y Distinctiones, Blasones, Honores, Protocolo y Ceremonial de la Excma. Diputación Provincial de Burgos, signed on 8 October 2008 by the Secretary General of the Province and published on 17 October 2008 as a Supplement (12 pages) to the official gazette of the Burgos Province, No. 199 (text). This Regulation supersedes the Reglamento de Honores y Distinciones de la Excma. Diputación Provincial de Burgos, which had been approved on 4 April 1990.

The flag is prescribed in Article 28 as follows:

1. The current flag of the Province has been used since 1979.
2. The flag of Burgos Province is made of the coat of arms described in the previous Article, centered on a purple field (Pantone 229) in proportions 2:3.
3. The flag of Burgos Province shall be hoisted on the exterior facade of all the provincial buildings, at the left of the Spanish flag, which shall be placed in the central position. At the right of the Spanish flag shall be placed the flag of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León [photo].
4. The flag of Burgos Province shall be displayed, in a specific place, in the Honour Room, in the Commission Room, and in the official press room of the President, together with the national flag and the flag of Castilla y León.
5. In public acts, the flag of Burgos Province shall be displayed, in a distinctive place, together with the national flag and the flag of Castilla y León.
6. The flag, as well, shall be hoisted on the facade of the Town Halls of the Province [photo], together with the national flag, the flag of Castilla y León, and the flag of the municipality.
7. The addition to the flag of the Province of acronyms or symbols representing parties, unions, associations, or any other kind of entity, is forbidden.
8. The Provincial corporation shall make sure that the flags are handled with the required care, respect and honour.

Ivan Sache, 12 January 2014

Coat of arms of Burgos Province

The coat of arms is prescribed in Article 27 as follows:

1. The coat of arms of Burgos Province, according to the Dispatch redacted on 24 September 1877 by Luis Villar Pascual, Chronicler of Arms, and approved on 9 November 1877 in plenary session, is the following:
"Per pale, 1. Argent the bust of a king proper crowned with a crown open or clad with a dalmatic gules charged with three castles or, a bordure gules charged with 16 castles or, 2. Gules a castle or masoned sable. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed [detailed description skipped]."
2. The provincial coat of arms dates back to the arms of the municipality of Burgos, which has been showing for ages on its seals, medals and coats of arms a shield argent charged with a king's bust and with a bordure gules charged with 16 castle or, and surmounted by a Royal crown.
Juan José de Salazar, in the epilogue of his historical notices on La Rioja, says that Burgos succeeded Oca as a settlement and a cathedral town, reusing its arms. Father Juan Mariana says that Burgos means in Latin "a small castle", and that its coat of arms recalls the aggregation of other castles and villages of the neighbourhood, because Burgos means in German "small villages".
3. The provincial arms differ from the town's arms by using dexter the same arms with a king's bust and a bordure made of 16 castles but sinister on a field gules a castle or representing the castles and settlements that were aggregated to form Burgos, the capital of the Province.
4. The coat of arms of Burgos Province shall be used on the provincial stamps, as well as on the balcony hangings used during the national, community, local and provincial feasts, and in acts whose exceptional meaning requires its presence.
5. The coat of arms shall also be used on:
    a) The flags of the Province hoisted outside or displayed inside the provincial buildings
    b) The provincial Regulations and Ordinances
    c) The official communications of the Provincial Government
    d) The accrediting diplomas of honour, distinctions and decorations
    e) The official publications of the Government
    f) The documents, prints, seals and notes of official use
    g) The relevant uses by the provincial authorities and servants
    h) The public buildings and objects of official use on which it should be shown for representative purpose
    i) All municipal prints, publications and paperwork, as specified on the instructions and recommendations of the Manual of Corporative Identity of Burgos Province
    j) The stone-made objects of official use on which it should be shown for representative purpose
6. The use and diffusion by any means of reproduction - printed, digital, filmed or photographic - requires the grant of a specific, written authorization by the Government. The interested parties shall ask the President, who may grant authorization, after previous recommendation and information of the Government Commission or of the Directorate of Protocol.
7. As a development of this Regulation, it may be possible to establish a Regulation of Corporative Identity and a Style Guide describing in detail the design and characteristics suitable for each support (correspondence, advertisement, web, public material, etc.) and how to proceed to use it.

The shield is placed on a white parchment, not mentioned in the Regulation.
The king is Ferdinand III the Saint, wearing an open crown of the time; the three castles on his dalmatic represents the jurisdiction exerted by Burgos on Lara, Muño and Cellorigo. The castle of Lara was incorporated to Burgos in 1255 by Alfonso XI, as was the castle of Muño in 1332 by Alfonso XI; the castle of Cellorigo was incorporated to Burgos in 1370 by Henry II. The king is represented as caput castellae, which means the Head (as the ruler) of Castile, recalling that Burgos was once the capital of Castile and the seat of the Royal court. The sinister part of the shield is the traditional heraldic representation of Castile.

Ivan Sache & Pascal Vagnat, 12 January 2014

Banner of Burgos Province

The banner (guión or pendón) is prescribed in Article 30 as follows:

1. The banner of the Province shall be used when the Provincial Corporation attends, as a solemn plenum, official acts and feasts of civil and religious character.
2. The tradition prescribes that the banner shall be borne by the youngest member of the Provincial Assembly.
3. The banner shall be made of a purple panel surrounded with a golden fringe, attached to a wooden staff equipped with a golden ribbon. The staff has for finial a spear decorated with the provincial coat of arms.
4. The obverse of the banner is charged with the bordered coat of arms of the Province. The reverse of the banner is charged with the coats of arms of the old judiciary divisions (partidos judiciales) of the Province.

Ivan Sache, 12 January 2014