Spain - About the Spainish Flag
The Spanish flag is a red and yellow horizontal triband (the yellow stripe
is in the middle, and is twice as tall as each red band). A simplified version
of Spain's coat of arms is pictured on the yellow band, towards the hoist
side. The height of this flag is two-thirds the width. Spain's flag was officially
adopted on December 19, 1981.
The Spanish coat of arms depicts two crown-topped pillars of Hercules (with
red banners displaying the motto in Latin, "PLUS ULTRA," meaning "More
Beyond," alluding to Columbus' discovery of the New World). The two
columns flank a shield that displays a castle, a lion wearing a crown, red
and yellow vertical stripes, chain mail, and three fleurs-de-lis in an oval
in the center. An ornate red and golden crown sits atop the shield on the
The Spanish pledge to the Spanish flag is called the Jura de Bandera (meaning "oath
of the flag").