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Capital Department, Catamarca Province, Argentina

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Ciudad de San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

Flag of the City of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca image by Francisco Gregoric, 20 Aug 2006

The City of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca (usually known as Catamarca City or Catamarca Capital) is the capital of the province and the head of the Capital Department. The colonization of this area started in the 1600s, and the process for the foundation of the city started in 1678. However the City of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca was not officially founded until late 1693 or early 1694 by Bartolomé de Castro.
Francisco Gregoric, 20 Aug 2006

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The newspaper "Diario C", from Catamarca (Argentina), reports on 29 November 2005 the official presentation of the new and first municipal flag of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, which took place on 28 November 2005.

The public ceremony took place in the Paseo General Navarro with the presence of the municipal and provincial authorities and other organisms. The flag was presented by Mayor [Intendente Municipal] Dr. Ricardo Guzmán and blessed by Vicar-General His Grace Moisés Pachado.

The flag contest was initiated by the municipal administration and the association of the Damas Belgranianas [Belgrano's Ladies] presided by Mrs. Gladys Pandolfi de Moreno. All citizens of Catamarca could present a proposal and several did it. The jury awarded the first prize to designer Fabián Martinena and the second prize to Eduardo Aroca; other participants were awarded a special mention.

The new municipal flag recalls the local traditions. In the center of the flag a typical Catamarca poncho is shown, as symbol of the ocher land, flanked by two green stripes (guardas) symbolizing the vivid essence of its sap.

The flag is bordered by two dark red stripes that recall the mestiza blood, with in the center a figure made of eight rectangles, recalling the designs usually seen in local ponchos. This is the genuine symbol of the sacred spirit of the mountains, represented by the dark brown colour. In the center a cross appears. It recalls the Cross of America (Cruz de América), symbolizing the Indian and Hispanic sides that gave its identity to our culture, according to the interpretation made by Adán Quiroga.
Ivan Sache, 16 Dec 2005

The mentioned [central] emblem seems to be a (stylization of) the Inca symbol chakana.
António Martins Tuválkin, 17 Dec 2005

This is the second flag design in Argentina based on a regional poncho. The first one was the provincial flag of Salta.
Francisco Gregoric, 20 Aug 2006

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