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Flag, Co. Vigo
Vigo was historically a small fishing village owned by the Church of Santiago. For that reason, the first Coat of Arms of the city showed a scallop shell (the symbol of Santiago) over or under a castle. The scallop shell was removed from the Coat of Arms of Vigo during the 19th century, for the city was no longer belonging to the Church. The place of the scallop in the Coat of Arms was taken instead by the olive tree of Vigo's collegiate chapel.
In 1917 the Royal Academy of Galicia standardised the current Coat of Arms of the city, which in turn was officialised by Vigo City Council on April, 7th, 1987.
The Flag of Vigo was created in the 19th century as one of Galicia's maritime provinces. The modern Galician flag is actually heir to one of those maritime flags.
The flag of Vigo Maritime Province was adopted as the flag of the City of Vigo by the City Council on April, 7th, 1987. In official ceremonies, the City Council displays the Coat of Arms of the city over the flag. For all other purposes, the flag of Vigo is, as described by Vigo City Council, as follows:
"The Flag of Vigo has two colours, white and red, and the field is diagonally divided. The field is white on the left and right sides, and red on the upper and lower sides".
Flag of Vigo, county Vigo, made in polyester with two metal rings to allow the flag to be hoisted on a flagpole. The flag measures 150 x 90 cm.
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