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Melilla (Spain)

Autonomous City of Melilla, Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla

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[Melilla (Spain)]
image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website, 05 Jun 2003

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The flag of Melilla is blue with the arms of the town in the middle. In use since 14 March 1995.

Pascal Vagnat, 22 February 1996

Yesterday evening there was a documentary (...) filmed mostly in the Spanish town of Melilla (...). The interesting thing is that the flag of Melilla had a very light shade of blue, akin' to the shade in the Bavarian flag. So I took the coat-of-arms from the image by Jaume Ollé and placed it on a light blue field. Are there any official specs for this flag?

Jorge Candeias, 21 October 1999

I was born there. Yes, as far back as I know, the flag background was dark blue; definitively.

However, after Spain joined the European Union and the flag of Europe was flown there as well (to avoid confusion, I guess), it seems there was that piece of legislation describing the background as "light blue" which is used today.

Carlos Belmonte, 20 May 2006

[Melilla (Spain), variant]
by Jorge Candeias


[Coat-of-arms (Melilla, Spain)]
image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website, 05 Jun 2003

In Info-Bulletin no.89 I found this:

Arms of Melilla:
Light blue shield with two baskets [cauldrons] (chequered red-gold), from where black snakes crawl out. The border shows the arms of Castile and Leon (a golden castle on red and a purple lion on silver). Above the shield a golden crown with a golden tower on which a knight in white clothes and a sword is standing. On his chest a red cross. Further it shows a white ribbon with the motto: Praeferre Patriam Liber Parentem. Between crown and shield (in black) the name of the city. On both sides of the shield two pillars of Hercules, on those pillars in red: Non Plus Ultra. Below the shield a green dragon.

Mark Sensen, 26 September 1995