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Flag of Dos Hermanas - Image by Pascal Gross, 11 May 2001
The municipality of Dos Hermanas (129,719 inhabitants in 2013, therefore the second most populous municipality in the province; 153910 ha; municipal website), is located 12 km from Seville.
Ivan Sache, 15 July 2009
The flag of Dos Hermanas, adopted on 12 January 2000 by the Municipal Council, is prescribed by Decree No. 387, adopted on 5 September 2000 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 26 September 2000 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 111, pp. 14,989-14,990 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 11:18, red as the Spanish flag. In the middle the town's coat of arms, in height 1/3 of the flag's hoist.
The flag is based on the banner of a Moorish king of Seville, which was placed by King Ferdinand III at the feet of the Virgin of Valme at the Cuarto Sanctuary. This banner has ever since been linked to the history of the town, and is currently placed in the parish Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, beside the statue of Saint Ferdinand.
The coat of arms of Dos Hermanas, validated by the Royal Academy of History, is prescribed by Decree No. 513, adopted on 14 February 1974 by the Spanish Government and published on 26 February 1974 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 49, p. 3,962 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Argent two feminine figures clad with a cloak azure and vert respectively hand in hand, 2. Gules a tower argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown.
The feminine figures refer to the town's establishment and name (lit., Two Sisters). The tradition says that on a domain granted by King Alfonso the Wise to the Leonese knight Gonzalo Nazareno in the share of the former Kingdom of Seville, Dos Hermanos was established under the protection of a miraculous statue of St. Ann hidden in a cellar and found, by divine inspiration, by two sisters, Elvira and Estefania, from the Nazareni lineage. The castle recalls the old origin of the town, named Orippo by the Romans, and the site of the Herberos Tower, which played a significant contribution in the reconquest of Seville and in Alfonso IX's war expeditions.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Sevilla (PDF file)]
Santiago Dotor & Ivan Sache, 15 July 2009