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Biscay Province (Basque Country, Spain)

Vizcaya, Bizcaia

Last modified: 2001-09-22 by santiago dotor
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[Biscay Province (Basque Country, Spain)]
by António Martins

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The flag of Biscay (Vizcaya/Bizkaia) province has the coat of arms, charged with the Gernika oak on a base proper covering a silver cross, on a silver field, with a border of gold bearing eight red saltires, uncrowned, all on a dark red background. This GIF was based on images at the Biscay Provincial Council Official Website.

António Martins, 21 October 1998

Source: Manual del Estado Español (Handbook of the Spanish State, Spanish text only) by Editorial Lama: both flag and coat of arms adopted by the Norma Foral 12/1986 of 15th December 1986 (B.O.S.V. of 27th December 1986), article 1: "Color carmesí, figurando en el centro de la misma el escudo del Territorio Histórico de Bizcaia", i.e. carmine red with the coat-of-arms of the Historical Territory in the center.

Pascal Vagnat, 16 July 1999

Biscay Town Flags

I found an excellent source for town coats-of-arms and flags of Biscay. It is Heraldry of the Town Halls of Bizkaia, a book published by the Diputación Foral de Vizcaya / Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia (Biscay Provincial Council), and it looks like the whole book is available in PDF format. The book has a page for each town, each one has a coat-of-arms and many of them a flag (most are just "crimson field + coat-of-arms" though). As soon as I have some time available, I will try to GIF some/all of them. I seem to recall Jaume Ollé included many Basque town flags in one of his Bulletins.

Santiago Dotor, 17 June 1999

Caution, the book is currently updated. Several corrections and additions are made by Juanjo González, the vexillologist advisor. There are few local flags in my pages – they are very complicated and take longer to draw. I have many historical flags (and more will follow), which I intend to send to FOTW. A Basque magazine, Deia, is interested in publishing these flags and they do not want general dissemination before they do so.

Jaume Ollé, 25 June 1999

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