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Medellin (Antioquia, Colombia)


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image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 July 2006

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Communication from Esteban Rivera: The flag of Medellin is white and green in equal stripes with the town's coat-of-arms in the center. White symbolizes purity, integrity, obedience, firmness and eloquence; green represents hope, abundance, freedom and faith.
Jaume Ollé'

Official government regulation on the flag and Coat of Arms are at:
- Official website of the Mayor of Medellin
- Official website of the Council of Medellin, the Legislative body of the City
- Official city bid for the 2010 South American Games, awarded to Medellin
See also at wikipedia.
E.R., 4 February 2009

Coat of Arms

image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 July 2006

The coat-of-arms in blue field shows a gold tower and above the door a shield checky, 7 parts blue and 8 gold. In the upper part two towers and between them the image of Nuestra Sen~ora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of the Candelmas), the town's patron saint; the coat of arms of Medellin was granted by Royal Grant given in Madrid by King Charles II.
Jaume Ollé'

The Revista Credencial is dedicating several editions to the history of the Colombian cities which are capitals of Departments in Colombia. On the Edition 230 of February 2009 it features the history of Medellin.
It mentions that the Escudo de Armas (Coat of Arms) of the city was granted by Spanish King Carlos II (Charles II) in 1678 after the Villa de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria de Medellín was established. The image of the Coat of Arms can be seen here.
There's also an official description on the official website of the city.
E.R., 16 June 2009


image by Eugene Ipavec, 10 September 2005

Flag of Metroseguridad (= Metrosecurity). It is a company owned and run by the Government of the City of Medellin, Colombia. This public company is in charge of much of the security of Medellin, operating with authorized Police and other security personnel for the safety of the City. Official website:
Note that it has the same color structure as the flag of Medellin.
E.R., 10 September 2005

Metro de Medellín

image by Eugene Ipavec, E.R., 21 February 2010

image by Eugene Ipavec, E.R., 21 February 2010

The Metro de Medellín is an urban train that crosses the Metropolitan Area of Medellín from North to South and from Centre to West. As one of the first experiences of modern mass transportation in Colombia, the Metro of Medellín is a product of the urban planning of the Antioquia. The city of Medellín and its urban complex (ten cities in the Aburrá Valley), is a city with relatively recent industrial development that started in the 1930’s. The streetcar (tranvía) at the beginning of the 20th Century can be considered as predecessor of the 21st century Metro of Medellín. The company known in Spanish as Empresa de Transporte Masivo del Valle de Aburrá - Metro de Medellín Ltda was created on May 31, 1979. The Transportation system began operations in December 1995. The company also operates the first world integration of a trains urban system with an air cable, called Metrocable, which started operations in July 2004. It is a publicly owned company (The State, Department of Antioquia and the City of Medellin are its main shareholders).
The flag is a white rectangular flag, with two stripes in the middle, same size each, top yellow and bottom green, with the logo in the middle.
Sources: wikipedia, Official website.
E.R., 21 February 2010

Disarmament Plan

image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 August 2009

There is currently a disarmament program run by the Government of the City of Medellín and it is called "Plan Desarme" (Disarmament Plan). The Plan has three components:
1. Teaching courses
2. Social participation and public management
3. Police action
The flag of this program is seen at (article with picture), (previous article, picture only), (article with picture by Spanish newspaper El Mundo), (article with picture by Argentinian newspaper La Voz) and (previous article, picture only)
The flag is on white background and in circular shape it reads on top in small black letters "sin armas" (without weapons), and on th bottom "la vida es otro cuenta" (life is another story). On the middle there is a M1911 pistol with the prohibition sign (red circle with diagonal line from left to right).
I have also seen this flag displayed on a local Police station in the neighborhood of El Poblado in the city of Medellín, thus it is an official flag.
E.R., 19 August 2009

Metropolotian Area of the Aburra Valley

image by Eugene Ipavec, 31 July 2006

Medellín and its Metropolitan Area - Medellín, the captial of the Department of Antioquia, together with  other municipalities, form the "Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, or Metropolotian Area of the Aburra Valley.  This is for economic purposes, in order to get more funds from the central government.  They have an English page available too:
This "Area" is made up of 7 municipalities, which are as follows: Medellín, Bello, Barbosa, Copacabana, La Estrella, Girardota, Itagüí, Envigado, Caldas and Sabaneta. (Each one has its own flag, anthem and Coat of Arms). 
E. R., 5 September 2001

The flag of Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá is the logo on white background. The Área Metropolitana was established in 1980 and regulated by Law No. 128 of 1994, and Law No. 99 of 1993.
E. R., 31 July 2006 and 11 January 2008

Mayor Square - Medellin, Conventions and Expositions

image located by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2023

The current "Manual de Identidad Corporativa" (English: Corporate Identity Manual, establishes the following colors used:
- Yellow (vertical stripes): C 0% M 40% Y 100% K 0% ; R 256% G 133% B 16% ; Pantone 137 O
- Green (background): C 100% M 0% Y 38% K 47% ; R 0% G 72% B 79% ; Pantone 323 O

The current full denomination is Centro Internacional de Convenciones "Plaza Mayor" (English: International Conventions Center "Mayor Square"), which emerged from an idea of creating a ICC (International Conventions Center) through the merging of the already existing "Palacio de Exposiciones y Convenciones de Medellín S.A" (English: Palace of Exhibitions and Conventions of Medellín, Inc.) (established in 1993 first as "Palacio de Exposiciones S.A." (English: Palace of Exhibitions, Inc.) on May 31, 1971, which originated from the Acuerdo (English: (City) Agreement) No. 18 of June 6, 1968 and opened on August 21, 1975 with the "Pabellón Amarillo" English: Yellow Pavilion) and Centro Internacional de Convenciones Ltda. (English: International Conventions Center, Ltd.) In March of 2006, full integration was accomplished adopting the current organization name of Plaza Mayor Medellín S.A. (English: Mayor Square Medellin, Inc.)

The flag is a horizontal green background flag with the logo in the middle displaying white letters.
Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2023


image located by Esteban Rivera, 10 March 2023

Previous flag

image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 August 2010

Plaza Mayor - Medellín, Convenciones y Exposiciones (Mayor Square - Medellin, Conventions and Expositions) was established in March 2006 as a merger between the Palacio de Exposiciones (Expositions Hall) and the Centro de Convenciones (Convention Center) to give Medellín an integrated space in its projection as an ideal venue for business and conventions as well.
This organization is a mix between public and private capital, having as major shareholders the Alcaldía de Medellín (Medellin Mayor's Office), the Cómara de Comercio (Medellín Chamber of Commerce),   and the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (National Federation of Coffeegrowers).
One can see in the Manual de Imágen Corporativa (Manual of Corporate Image) the logo's official colors in CMYK, Pantone and RGB codes (page 4), as well as a construction sheet (page 7).
Esteban Rivera, 21 August 2010

Personería de Medellín/a>

This entity is dependent in tenure with the same period as the Mayor of the City. Hence, its image (branding) is directly related to the incumbent Mayor. Thus, there have been at least five logos in the following periods of time (in accordance with the Mayor's tenure of office).

Flag and logo 2020-2024

  images located by Esteban Rivera, 13 August 2021


Logo 2016-2020

images located by Esteban Rivera, 13 August 2021

Flag 2012-2015

image located by Esteban Rivera, 06 February 2013

Today on Hora13 Noticias, a local news broadcast, the flag of the Personería de Medellín is seen.
Personería de Medellín is the organization in charge of the defense and safeguard of the citizens' rights and operates at the local level, that is, city-wide. It's kind of a mixture between the Defensoría and the Procuraduría. The Procuraduría de Medellín was established more recently by Agrement No. 63 of 1932, its roots date back to the XIXth century.
The flag of the Personería de Medellín is a white horizontal flag with the logo (Source: in the middle.
For additional information please go to: Personería de Medellín (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 06 February 2013

It seems that this flag is the one used for the period 2012-2015.
Esteban Rivera, 13 August 2021

Logo 2008-2012

images located by Esteban Rivera, 13 August 2021

Archdiocese of Medellín

Today on Hora13 Noticias local news one can see the flag of the Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Medellín.
The Archdiocese was established on February 24, 1902, but dates back its roots to the XVIIIth century.
It is the same yellow and white flag with the Coat of Arms of the Archdiocese of Medellín in the middle on a white disc.
Images are screenshots of the news broadcast, where the flag is seen on the top right of the image. Image 1 and Image 2
For additional information please go to: Arquidiócesis de Medellín (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 12 September 2013

Empresas Varias de Medellín

image by Zoltan Horvath, 15 December 2013

EEVVM (Empresas Varias de Medellín, Medellin's Multiple Companies) is a local Government company in charge of sanitary public services in the city of Medellín.
It was established by Acuerdo (Agreement) No. 59 of September 11, 1960 by the City Council, as "Empresas Varias Municipales de Medellín" (Medellin's Municipal Multiple Companies). It was given this particular name because of the multiple tasks it had when it was founded, since it was in charge of the PLaza de Mercado (Farmer's Market), Feria de Ganados (Livestock Fairgrounds), Matadero (Slaughterhouse), Transporte Masivo (Mass Transportation) and Aseo (Sanitation). Today the company is formally called "Empresas Varias de Medellín E.S.P." (E.S.P. stands for "Empresa de Servicios Públicos, Public Services Company).

The flag was an orange rectangular flag, with the logo in the middle, in black lettering, as seen during the local Flowers Fair parade.
They have now changed their logo to this new one. (Source:
Since November 1, 2013 EEVVM will pe part of the holding Grupo EPM (EPM Group) (EPM standing for Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Medellin's Public Companies), a holding that encompasses 45 companies (national and international), in order to gather all the companies that provide local public services such as telecommunications, sanitation, water and energy basically.
Sources:,, and

EPM nor Grupo EPM have a known flag. or additional information please see: EEVVM (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 14 December 2013

Instituto de Deportes y Recreación de Medellín

INDER (Instituto de Deportes y Recreación de Medellín, Medellín Institute of Sports and Recreation) is Medellín's local government organization in charge of managing the city's indoor and outdoor public sports and recreation facilites.
The former flag was a yellow horizontal flag with the former logo in the middle, as seen here:
The flag used to hang right outside the entrance of the UD (Unidad Deportiva, Sport Unit) Atanasio Girardot, in the Plaza de Banderas (Flags Square), but since the wind tore most of it out, no replacement flag with the new logo has been placed.
For additional information go to: INDER (official website)
Esteban Rivera, 25 May 2014

Belencito Borough

image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

Borough Belencito was established in western central Medellín on 22 June 1927 by the Manuel de J. Álvarez company, which acquired the Belencito estate and set up plots.

The symbols of Belencito were designed by Albéniz Vélez.
The flag is horizontally divided blue-white-green with the borough's coat of arms in the center.

Blue represents the firmament's blue sky, white represents peace, and green represents the mountains.
The coat of arms features green mountains and ravine Ána Díaz, a footballer, and St. Laura Montoya.

The Missionary Congregation of Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Sienna, founded in 1914 by Mother Laura Montoya (1874-1949), settled in 1940 in Camila Viuda de Sanín's estate, located in Belencito, and definitively established its seat there. The congregation was initially not welcomed by the Colombian society and the church, led by His Grace Builes, Bishop of Santa Rosa. The commitment of Colombian women to the assistance of the poorest, indigenous people was considered with reluctance, being traditionally assigned to foreign congregations.
Mother Laura's canonization process, initiated on 1960, resulted in her blessing in 2004 and her canonization on 12 May 2013 by Pope Francis.

The chapel represented on the arms was designed by engineer Agustín Restrepo and built by contractor Domingo Aguirre, under the supervision of Sister Paulina de San José. All the nuns contributed to the work, forming a chain to transport stones and sand from ravine Ána Díaz to the building site. The chapel was inaugurated on 13 April 1944.
Barrio Belencito blog, 18 June 2011.

Ivan Sache, 12 December 2020

Transportes Medellín

from Facebook

Terminal de Transportes Medellín S.A. (English: Transportation Terminal Medellin, Inc.) is the local company in charge of public transportation in the city. It was established through both, Acuerdo número sesenta y siete (67) de mil novecientos setenta y cinco (1975) (English: (Municipal) Law No. 67 of 1975) and Ordenanza número veintiocho (28) de mil novecientos setenta y cinco (1975) (English: (Department) Law No. 28 of 1975).
Esteban Rivera, 8 August 2023


from Facebook

Corporación Perpetuo Socorro DC (Distrito Creativo)

image from Google Maps

The Corporación Perpetuo Socorro DC (Distrito Creativo) (English: Perpetuo Socorro CD [Creative District] Corporation) is a non-profit entity that was born in 2018 when private textile company Mattelsa, family compensation fund Comfama, and private university UPB joined forces to accompany the social, cultural, urban and ecological transformation of the Perpetuo Socorro neighborhood in Medellín. In 2019, the Mayor's Office decreed the area as ADN (Area de Desarrollo Naranja, or Orange Development Area; in reference to orange economy or creative industries) / Distrito Económico y Creativo de Medellin, or Economic and Creative District of Medellin. In 2023 the Sandiego Shopping Center joined, contributing to this urban renewal with purpose.
Sources: and

Its flag is a vertical yellow banner featuring a multicolored sun
Esteban Rivera, 5 May 2024


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from Metroparques

Metroparques (English: Metroparks), a portmanteau of "Metropolitan Parques" (English: Metropolitan Parks) is a public organization . It currently manages two parks:
- Parque Norte “J. Emilio Valderrama” (English: Northern Park "Emilio J. Valderrama") (established in 1974)
- Aeroparque Juan Pablo II (English: John Paul II Aeropark) (established in the 1990's)

The flag is a horizontal blue background with the logo in the middle (as seen here in these pictures dated 2016 (no longer available) and from this picture gallery:
Esteban Rivera, 5 May 2024