Flag of Castile and León

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Flag of Castile)
Jump to: navigation, search
Castile and León
Flag of Castile and León.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 10:13[1]
Adopted 1983

The flag of Castile and León is the official flag of the Spanish autonomous community of Castile and León. It consists of the quartered coats of arms of Castile, represented by a castle, and León, represented by a lion.

Christopher Columbus bearing the flag of the Crown of Castile when reaching the "New World"

This flag is used to represent the two cultural identities who share this administrative region, the Castle for Castile, and the Lion for León.

The lion design is attributed to Alfonso VII of León,[2] who became king of León and Castile in 1126. The castle symbol is attributed to his grandson Alfonso VIII of Castile,[2] In 1230, Ferdinand III of Castile united the two kingdoms in the Crown of Castile (1230–1715) and quartered the arms as a symbol of the union.[2]

Three centuries of Spanish presence on the American continents left a consistent footprint; in many areas of the Southern United States, for example, symbols of Spanish ancestry are preserved in the coat of arms or symbols of states and cities. Several cities, like Los Angeles, California and St. Augustine, Florida, incorporate the signs of the Kingdom of Castile on their shields or flags. In displays of the six flags that have flown over Texas, also flown in St. Augustine, Florida and Louisiana, Spain is usually represented by the flag of Castile and León.

Evolution and variations[edit]

Historic Royal Standard[edit]

Current flags and emblems[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Castile and León (Spain)". FOTW.net. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Flag, emblem and coat of arms[permanent dead link]. Junta de Castilla y León website. Accessed January 26, 2008.

External links[edit]