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Arequipa region (Peru)

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Arequipa dep. flag
image by Jan-Patrick Fischer and Jaume Ollé, 18 Oct 2003
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Description of the flag

Shade of red

The flag of the Department and City of Arequipa. The colour is discribed as grenado, a light kind of red. This flag is surely the current one: There was one hanging on an offical building at main square of Arequipa city (Plaza de Armas). It was long time used, so it was teared up and, by the strong sunlight in 2300 m altitude, lightend to orange. But I spoke with several inhabitants and all said the right colour is grenado.
Jan-Patrick Fischer, 27 Mar 2001

I think the term "grenado" must be linked to the colour pomegranate, or mineral garnet — both of which are a dark red to purple tone.
Rob Raeside, 08 Jun 2008

The English word "grenade" comed from a name of the fruit pomegranate (originally pomme grenade). That may be a clue.
James Dignan, 09 Jun 2008

One must not trust too much in this kind of etymological connections, as the color shade associated with a name may change with time. Examples abound: Russian "goluboĭ" is not (any more) the color of dove (golub) plumage but sky blue; Portuguese "roxo" means "purple" while its cognates in other languages ("rojo", "roig", "rosso", "rouge" a.s.o.) mean "red"; etc.
António Martins, 22 Jun 2008

About the flag of Arequipa, I can confirm that this color (RGB:FF3333) is the same colour as a flag, I photographed in a shop. [Not dark.]
Jan-Patrick Fischer, 24 Oct 2003

Darker variant

Arequipa dep. flag
image by Jaume Ollé, 24 Oct 2003

Description of a color is very complicate. Accoding dates I received the flag is intense red, and this is the color of the flower called Mastuerzo (locally Taxao) that I dont know as is exactly. I submited the pre 1992 and the post 1992 versions and they were considered OK by at less two peruvian vexillologist. Then I assume that the color is close to the correct one.
Jaume Ollé, 24 Oct 2003

Purple variant

The »red« flag is incorrect. I took a picture in May 2008. Flags’ color is more purple then dark red. The building is Parliament of Arequipa Province.
Andreas Herzfeld, 08 Jun 2008

Why should we trust better Andreas Herzfeld’s 2008 photo than Jan-Patrick Fischer’s of 2003? Could we perhaps say that the background color of the local flag varies a lot? I’m sure Andreas Herzfeld’s report is accurate, but not more than previous reports attesting different shades. Not to mention that, for several reasons, purple and (dark) red are not seldom interchanged and confused, from Salamanca to Chuvashia. Anyway, this here flag of Arequipa, held in parade by local sportsmen, looks terribly red to me: a tad dark, perhaps, but surely not purple.
António Martins, 22 Jun 2008

Pre-1992 version

Arequipa dep. flag
image by Jaume Ollé, 24 Oct 2003

The pre 1992 dark sour cherry or garnet flag.
Jaume Ollé, 24 Oct 2003

Detail: Charles Quint name flag

The coat of arms includes a flaglet waved by the crest eagle with white upper case letters reading "Karlos".
Ant;ónio Martins, 13 Feb 2006

What represent the smaller red flags I don’t know. Nobody to ask. For local people it is not interesting..
Andreas Herzfeld, 08 Jun 2008

Three-colored version

Arequipa CoA detail
image by António Martins, 13 Feb 2006

At Wikipedia, a detailed image of the coat of arms includes a flaglet waved by the crest eagle with white upper case letters reading "Karlos" on the middle stripe of a rectangular horizontal stripped flag of red, yellow and blue, in approximate proportions of 1+1+4+1+1.
António Martins, 13 Feb 2006

Yellow on red

Arequipa CoA detail
image by António Martins, 19 Abr 2006

I made a picture of a Arequipa flag in a shop, when I was there in 2001. The Karlos flag isn’t swallow-tailed and the letters are yellow.
J. Patrick Fischer, 14 Feb 2006

White on red swallowtail

Arequipa CoA detail
image by António Martins, 13 Feb 2006

The images above show a version of the coat of arms which includes a red swalowtail flaglet waved by the crest eagle with white upper case letters reading "Karlos".
António Martins, 13 Feb 2006


Provinces

  • Arequipa
  • Camaná
  • Caravelí
  • Castilla
  • Caylloma
  • Condesuyos
  • Islay
  • La Unión