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San Bartolomé (Municipality, Canary Islands, Spain)

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[Municipal flag]

Flag of San Bartolomé, as seen in front of the Town hall - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider & Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 2 March 2011

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Symbols of San Bartolomé

The flag of San Bartolomé, which was never officially adopted, is in proportions 2:3, divided reddish orange-golden yellow per bend. In the centre of the flag is the coat of arms of the municipality.

The coat of arms of San Bartolomé is reddish orange. Its golden yellow base is separated by a wavy line. The shield has a silver bordure with a green grapevine leaf in every corner and a white scroll with a black inscription "AJEI" in the middle base point. The shield is topped by a Royal crown. On the orange field is a silver scallop superimposed by a shield with four dark grey pallets (should be black. This shield is topped by a silver helmet.

According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the orange colour should be red, symbolizing grapevine cultivation, while the yellow colour symbolizes sand dunes (jables) The wavy line then should be interpreted as four dunes. The central element of the shield is the coat of arms of María Andrea Perdomo Guitérrez, the wife of the military governor of Lanzarote, Francisco Tomás Guerra Clavijo. It can be found above the entrance of their home, erected in the 18th century and still the most important building of the municipality. The grapevine leaves symbolize the cultivation of Malvasia grapes in the region. The dunes are characteristic elements of the municipality's coastal area. Ajei is the name of a native's settlement, once located near the St. Bartholomew chapel, the municipality's namesake.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 March 2011