Flag of the City of Madrid

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City of Madrid
Bandera de Madrid.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted April 28, 1967

The Flag of the City of Madrid represents the city's coat of arms centred on a crimson field.[1] The flag is made either in the proportions 3:5 or 2:3, and in shades of crimson corresponding to Pantone 207 or 208.

The significance of the bear leaning against a madroño, or strawberry tree, is unknown however, the tree is native to Madrid. One known theory is that bear and tree represent a farming rights dispute between the clergy and citizens. The seven stars supposedly represent the seven stars in the Starry Plough constellation closest to the Ursa Major (Great Bear) Constellation. These stars symbolise the North and therefore, since North is the direction on which all others are based, the stars represent Madrid as the seat of government for Spain.[2]

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