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Province of Guadalajara (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Flag of the Province of Guadalajara - Image by Ivan Sache, 2 April 2017


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Presentation of the Province of Guadalajara

The Province of Guadalajara (259,537 inhabitants in 2014; 12,167 sq. km) is located in the north-east of Castilla-La Mancha.

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2015


Flag of the Province of Guadalajara

The flag of the Province of Guadalajara (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is purple with the provincial coat of arms in the middle. Neither the flag nor the arms have been officially approved.

Ivan Sache, 2 April 2017


Coat of arms of the Province of Guadalajara

The coat of arms of the Province of Guadalajara is made of the coat of arms of the capitals of the nine judiciary parties that once formed the province.
1. Molina de Aragón. Per pale, 1. Azure a bend sinister argent surrounded by two millstones of the same, 2. Azure an arm armed or the hand argent holding an annulet or. In base azure five fleurs-de-lis or in saltire.
2. Sigüenza. Per pale, 1. Azure a castle or port and windows gules masoned sable, 2. Gules an eagle sable crowned holding a human bone or in the claws.
3. Atienza. Per pale, 1a. Gules a castle or masoned sable, 1b. Argent a lion rampant gules, 2. Azure a tower and a wall on rocks proper.
4. Brihuega. Gules a castle or masoned sable the central tower surrounded by bishop's croziers or and surmounted by a Blessed Virgin holding Baby Jesus in her arms surrounded by clouds argent.
5. Guadalajara. Azure a wall argent with a gate sinister a tower ensigned by a standard vert charged with a crescent argent all sable port and windows of the same surmounted by a semy of stars argent and a reverted crescent of the same in base vert a warrior argent riding a horse and holding a forked banner argent charged with a cross gules flanked sinister by a troop of peasants.
6. Cogolludo. Quarterly, 1. and 4. Per pale, gules a tower or masoned sable and argent a lion rampant gules, 2. and 3. Azure three fleurs-de-lis or.
7. Cifuentes. Azure a castle or masoned sable port and windows gules on a mount proper with seven sources argent gushing forth.
8. Pastrana. Per pale, 1. Azure a bend argent charged with a capital letter "P" sable fimbriated gules and surrounded by two fleurs-de-lis or, 2. Argent a cross flory gules surrounded dexter by a sword or and a skull proper.
9. Sacedón. Gules a castle or masoned sable port and windows of the same on a base proper a base azure two laurel wreaths or.

Antonio Herrera Casado (b. 1947; official Chronicler of the Province of Guadalajara) points out that the provincial arms are not representative of the territory, ignoring towns of human and economical significance, such as Jadraque and Mondéjar, and towns of historical significance as well, such as Hita, Uceda and Zorita. Moreover, the present-day's administrative organization of the province has been reduced to three judiciary parties, Molina de Aragón, Guadalajara, and Sigüenza.
From an heraldic point of view, such arms filled with a great number of divisions and charges are no longer suitable.
[Antonio Herrera Casado El escudo heráldico de la Diputación Provincial de Guadalajara]

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 2 April 2017