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image by Antonio Gutiérrez, taken with permission from the S.E.V. website, 15 Nov 2005
Why such strange proportions were chosen for a Spanish flag, particularly one which has a quartered design, I have no idea.
Santiago Dotor, 10 May 2004
What were the lengths of the pre-metric units of measure used in Spain? The size of these flags seems typical of 19th century ceremonial flags, such as military colors, as does the ratio. I wonder if there was some old, pre-metric specification for such flags that has atavistically survived into the modern metric era.
Joe McMillan, 10 May 2004
Pascal Vagnat asked, "Was the flag of the Kingdom of Castile [and Leon] in 1493 the same flag as the present day flag of Castile and Leon?." In essence, yes. The current official design of the Junta de Castilla y León's coat-of-arms depicts modernly-stylized castles and lions which would not appear in a medieval banner-of-arms. Also, it lacks many of the characteristic heraldic tinctures, the castle not being "masoned sable, windows and gate azure" etc. However, as far as I know, the flag was not redesigned simultaneously with this new official design of the coat-of-arms. Therefore the official flag is much more heraldically correct and is the one depicted above.
Santiago Dotor, 27 Apr 1999