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Flag of Guía de Isora, two officials versions - Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 March 2008
The flag of Guía de Isora is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 27 October 2000 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 3 November 2000 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 145, pp. 16,954-16,955 (text). The Municipal Council commissioned on 21 January 1998 the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of Canary Islands to draft a proposal of municipal flag. The design proposed on 11 March 1999 by the Commission was validated on 13 July 2000 by the Municipal Council, as published on 23 August 2000 in the official gazette of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Province, No. 101.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel [...], one and a half longer than wide, made of four equal horizontal stripes, the first (upper) yellow, the second white, the third green, and the fourth (lower) blue.
When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, this should be placed in the middle of the flag, with a height of 2/3 of the flag's height.
The rationale for the use of the colours is the following.
Yellow is used, as or, for the eight stars featured in the bordure of the coat of arms. Yellow also represents the sun, a characteristic element of this southern municipality.
White is used on the coat of arms for the arm argent. The municipal territory also encompasses high slopes of the central range, which are covered with snow in winter.
Green represents the mountains and the trees (vert), two proper geographical and botanical characteristics of the municipality.
Blue is used as the background of the bordure of the coat of arms. Blue also refers to the coastal character of the municipality.
The coat of arms of Guía de Isora is prescribed by Decree No. 2,096, adopted on 23 July 1971 by the Spanish Government and published on 22 September 1971 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 227, pp. 15,383-15,384 (text).
The coat of arms, validated by the Royal Academy of History, is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure a masculine dexter hand armed argent shaking a feminine hand proper. 2. Argent a mount vert a tree of the same fructed or. A bordure azure eight stars or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the 1st quarter symbolizes the merging of the Castilian conquerors with the Guanche natives, represented here by the arm of Princess Isora, the legendary namesake of the district. The 2nd quarter features the Pico Viejo / Chamorra mountain and the Almácigo de Chajajo tree, considered as a symbol of the municipality for ages. The stars on the bordure symbolize Our Lady of the Light, the patron saint and namesake of the municipality according to one of her attributions (guide, in Spanisn, guía).
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 21 March 2008
Flag of Guía de Isora, as seen on 30 January 2008 in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Military Museum - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 April 2007
The flag of Guía de Isora shown in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Military Museum is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 March 2008