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Piura region (Peru)

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The region of Piura has 1 630 665 inhabitants (2005 census), 247 943 of them living in the capital, Piura, and an area of 35 893 km². The town of Piura is located 1024 km north of Lima. It was founded by Francisco Pizarro on 15 August 1532 as San Miguel de Tangarará. The site of the town was later moved to El Chilcal, where the Decree officially founding the town was signed on 15 August 1588. Piura is also the capital of the province of Piura. (Source: Documental Piura website)
Ivan Sache, 18 Oct 2006

About the flag

Now I have precise information about the flags of 24 departments, including Piura.
Jaume Ollé, 09 Sep 2000

There is indirect evidence that the region of Piura has a flag. Following the death of former President of the Republic, Valentin Paniagua, Eduardo Mendoza, the President of the Regional Government, ordered the national and regional flags to be half-staffed, according to El Regional de Piura, 17 October 2006
Ivan Sache, 18 Oct 2006

According to this site, there is a set of plates named El Tallan, one of which (number 14) is devoted to the coat of arms, flag, anthem and map of the region of Piura. The image of the flag, although very small, shows a vertical tricolor of light blue, red and yellow, with the coat of arms (?) in the centre of the red part.
Antonio Gutiérrez, 18 Oct 2006

This is shown at the Spanish Wikipedia, made by wikipedian Discjockey.
António Martins, 18 Oct 2006

It seems to me that the flag shown in Wikipedia is the flag of the Region of Piura (because the coat of arms on the flag is the arms of the region, as is stated here). On the other hand, the flag reported by Antonio Gutiérrez, although very small image, looks to me like having a coat of arms without wreaths, similar (or maybe exactly) as the arms of the Province of Piura. You can see it in the upper left corner here.
Valentin Poposki, 18 Oct 2006

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Piura is described in great detail at this page. It was granted by a Real Cédula on 7 December 1537. Unsurprisingly, it features Archangel St. Michael.
Ivan Sache, 18 Oct 2006

The arms are gules on an escutcheon azure a pair of scales or under an eagle displayed proper and above (thing) under a ducal coronet or and two paschal banners of victory (It could be shield azure with bordure gules, though). Elm argent looking at sinister crested with plumes azure, vert, gules and or and mantling or. (Source: Spanish Wikipedia flag image)
António Martins, 18 Oct 2006

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