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Azogues (Canar, Ecuador)

Cantón Azogues

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image by Ivan Sache, 11 October 2008

reported plain flag
image by Ivan Sache, 11 October 2008


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Azogues flag at Turismo Azogues site (defunct). The flag consists of three horizontal bars (red-white-green), symbolizing courage, purity and hope. Azogues is the capital of Canar Province and has c. 11.000 inhabitants.
Jarig Bakker , 14 July 1999

Flag, Coat of Arms and legislation at Consejo Provincial del Cañar site. Adoption date is 22 July 1948.
Falko Schmidt, 26 November 2003

The municipality was formed on  21 April 1825.
Translated from Consejo Provincial del Cañar site: "
"In 1930, the Organization Committee of the Celebration of the Fiftieth Aniversary of the Creation of the Province of Cañar commissioned Dr. Aurelio Jaramillo Rodas and Emilio Izquierdo Toledo to design a coat of arms for the town of Azogues. After validation by Dr. Honorato Vázquez, the proposal was presented to the Municipal Council on 3 November 1930 and accepted as the municipal coat of arms. The coat of arms started to be officially used some 70 years ago. The municipal flag was adopted in 1948.
Municipal Decree of 22 July 1948.
Article 1.
The coat of arms of Azogues is in proportions 7:5 and divided per saltire into four quarters. The background of the upper quarter is gules, expressing strength and victory, the dexter of the quarter showing a sun with 16 rays, alternating straight and wavy, symbolizing liberty and kindness characteristic of the inhabitants. In the same quarters is shown in center the Castillo of Ingapirca [Ingapirca is the best preserved Inca monument in Ecuador, built on an earlier Cañari sanctuary; the Temple of the Sun is locally called Castillo. The Cañaris were the aborigenes of the today's provinces of Azuay and Cañar, who were submitted by the Incas. The province of Cañar, originally named after the capital, Azogues, was renamed as a tribute to the Cañaris. I.S.], a Inca monument which has been majestuously standing for centuries in the parish of the same name; on the fort stands Guacamaya, the mythologic bird of the Cañaris [The guacamayas are  known as macaws (genus Ara Lacépède). I.S.], symbolizing liberty. The two lateral quarters are or, symbolizing wealth and consistency; the dexter quarter is charged with an open book, synthetizing knowledge and science of this privileged land, that gave genius such as Luis Cordero [Luis Cordero Crespo (1883-1912), born in Déleg, President of Ecuador (1892-1895), also the author of poems in Spanish and Quechua and of the first Quechua-Spanish-Quechua in Ecuador.I.S.], Juan Bautista Vázquez, Julio Matovelle, Benigno Malo, José Maria Rodríguez Parra, Pedro López de Argudo, Mariano Vintimilla, Pío Bravo, Coronel Juan Francisco Carrasco, Juan Bautista Dávila Heredia, Luis Antonio Cárdenas, Aurelio Bayas Martínez, Miguel Heredia Rodas, Emilio Abad, and others.  The sinister quarter is charged with a muscled arm holding a hammer, symbolyzing work and honesty; this allegory is surrounded by a branch of laurel and a branch of Panamá hat palm" (Carduluvica palmata [Should be Carludovica palmata Ruiz & Pav.I.S.]), symbolizing the victories obtained by the sons of Cañar in science, art and industry. The lower quarter is azure, the attribute of justice and beauty, with on the right the Abuga mountain, on the left river Cojitambo and in the middle one of the peaks of the Buerán cordillera, from which flows a water stream representing river Burgay.  
Article 2.
This coat of arms shall be displayed in a dedicated location of the Acts' Room of the Town Hall and in the departments of the Council, as well it shall be used in the official correspondence
Article 3.
The flag of the canton is made of three longitudinal stripes equal in proportions, the first being red, the second, in the middle, white, and the last, green; the middle stripe is charged with the coat of arms described above.
Article 4.
The proportions of the flag are 3 x 2 and its colour symbolize: red, valour; white, integrity and purity; and green, hope and dedication.
Article 5.
This Decree supersedes the Municipal Decree on the flag adopted by the Municipal Council on 7 August 1947.
Article 6.
This Decree on the coat of arms and flag has effect starting  on the day of its proclamation."
Accordingly, the official municipal flag shall be in proportions 2:3, with the coat of arms in the middle, in spite of being shown, graphically, without the coat of arms on the very same page giving the text of the Decree. The exact size of the coat of arms is not stated. The choice of the proportions of the flag on the image at Turismo Azogues site (defunct) seems to be arbitrary.
Ivan Sache, 11 October 2008

Coat of Arms

image from Consejo Provincial del Cañar site, located by Falko Schmidt, 26 November 2003