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Flag of San Bartolomé de Tirajana - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 October 2011
The municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana (56,698 inhabitants in 2013; 333.13 sq. km, therefore the biggest municipality in the Canary Islands), located in the southeast of the island, includes the well-known beaches of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 October 2011
The flag of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 20 November 1997 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 24 December 1997 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 166, pp. 14,688-14,689 (text).
The flag was initially approved on 7 March 1996 by the Municipal Council, and validated on 18 August 1997 by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular flag [...], whose length is 1.5 time bigger than the height, white.
When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, it should be placed in the middle of the panel.
The coat of arms of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 June 1985 by the Municipal Council.
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. Argent a lion sable armed and langued gules, 2. Azure a castle argent the port surrounded by two dogs sable a bordure vert charged with three palm trees or, 3. Or a Cross of the Order of Saint James. 4. Argent a tree vert. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed and a scroll argent inscribed with the motto "REAL DE ANSITE" in letters sable.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the arms in the 1st quarter are those of Jean de Béthencourt, who landed on the shores of the municipality after the conquest of Lanzarote to start his unsuccessful campaign in Gran Canaria. The arms in the 2nd quarter are those of the aboriginal ruler Tenesor Semidan, who supported the Spanish invaders and was renamed Fernando Guanarteme after his conversion to the Christian religion. The cross in the 3rd quarter symbolizes the settlement of Santiago de Tunte, the core of the today's municipality. The tree in the 4th quarter is taken from the arms of Bishop Frías, the highest clerical authority among the conquerors.
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 3 October 2011