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Managua (Managua, Nicaragua)

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image by Jaume Ollé, 28 June 2014

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The flag of Managua, adopted on 24 July 1964 by the Managua District Council, is prescribed by a Decree published on 17 August 1964 in the official gazette, no. 187.!topic/soc.culture.nicaragua/eSWALH0s5qM - "La Maquina Roja", 6 February 2002

The flag in recent use has the coat of arms represented in white with a yellow outline.

Photos (2017) (2014)
Ivan Sache
, 2 May 2017

Flag Variant

image by Fred Drews, 28 June 2014

According a photo the rings and writings on them, are not in the flag and the arms are larger. Image of the flag from photo attached here. But it's possible that exist variants.
Jaume Ollé, 28 June 2014

Coat of Arms

image contributed by Fred Drews, 21 March 2006

Managua Department use the same coat of arms as the city of Managua.
Fred Drews, 21 March 2006

The coat of arms of Managua is prescribed by a Grant signed on 11 July 1944 by Anastasio Somoza, President of the Republic, as follows.

Considering that remembering past facts that made the prestige of the capital is a cultural duty;
Considering that Managua is the most important pre-Columbian settlement in the country, as evidenced by historical data reporting a population of 40,000 inhabitants, 10,000 of them being archers or slingers, so that the Spanish conquerors named it Town of Nicaragua by antonomasia, then christened it as Santiago de Managua, whose significance decreased as an effect of the conquest; that Managua obtained in the last times of the colonial period for its demonstrated support to the crown the title of "Villa", with the dictum of "Leal" (Loyal) granted by Ferdinand VII on 24 March 1819;
Considering that the Spanish chronicler Friar Gil González published the coat of arms of Managua in the 18th century, as charged with a lion rampant holding in the left forepaw a globe dexterwise, and surmounted by a crown.
Grants that the Town of Managua shall have for heraldic emblem the colonial coat of arms, described above, to be used for the sake of ornamentation and local identification.

Gil González Dávila (1570/1577-1658), Main Chronicler of the Indies in 1643-1658, described the coat of arms of Managua, surmounted by a marquis' coronet and captioned "Armas de la Civdad de Nicaragua", in the book "Teatro Eclesiástico de la Primitiva Iglesia de las Indias Occidentales", published in 1649 in Madrid. The historian Carlos Molina Argüello claims that the publication of the coat of arms of Managua was nothing but "an old forgery, with authors and partners, initiated in 1649". The coat of arms, clumsily designed, indeed belonged to another town in Nicaragua, León. The modern coat of arms of Managua is based on studies made by the historian Luis Cuadra Cea.!topic/soc.culture.nicaragua/eSWALH0s5qM - "La Maquina Roja", 6 February 2002
Ivan Sache, 2 May 2017