Málaga Spain - Birthplace of Pablo Picasso

Written by Linda Plummer

Another lively Andalucian city and capital ofrepparttar popular Costa del Sol Málaga has, in its time, been inhabited by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moors.

Wide avenues and green spaces abound and, as with other major Spanish cities, it is truly steeped in history and culture.

The Citadel or La Alcazaba (8th-11th centuries) as well as beingrepparttar 140357 symbol of Málaga, is one ofrepparttar 140358 largest fortresses in Andalucia with and Archaelogoical Museum now located there.

Close by isrepparttar 140359 wonderful Castle of Gibralfaro (14th century), joined torepparttar 140360 Citadel by a stretch of wall that gives superb views of Málaga and its port.

Atrepparttar 140361 foot of Gibralfaro can be foundrepparttar 140362 Roman Theater, La Malagueta, andrepparttar 140363 old quarter ofrepparttar 140364 city.

Inrepparttar 140365 center ofrepparttar 140366 historic district standsrepparttar 140367 Cathedral of Málaga (16th-18th centuries), also known as La Manquita because of its unfinished tower.

Spain´s Flag - A Red And Yellow Beauty

Written by Linda Plummer

Spain´s flag (the national one) is as colorful asrepparttar country itself with its red and yellow horizontal triband.

The yellow stripe is inrepparttar 140356 middle and is twice as tall as each red band, andrepparttar 140357 height ofrepparttar 140358 flag is two-thirdsrepparttar 140359 width.

A simplified version of Spain´s coat-of-arms is pictured on repparttar 140360 yellow band, towardsrepparttar 140361 hoist side.

The Spanish coat-of-arms includesrepparttar 140362 royal seal, framed by repparttar 140363 Pillars of Hercules, which represent Gibraltar and Ceuta on either side ofrepparttar 140364 eastern end ofrepparttar 140365 Strait of Gibraltar.

The red banners displayrepparttar 140366 motto in Latin PLUS ULTRA, which means "More Beyond", alluding to Columbus´ discovery ofrepparttar 140367 New World.

The two columns flank a shield that displays a castle, a lion wearing a crown, red and yellow vertical stripes, chain mail, and three fleurs-de-lis in an oval inrepparttar 140368 center.

An ornate red and golden crown sits atoprepparttar 140369 shield.

The flag used today in Spain was officially adopted on 19 December 1981. Previous to this, there had been an eagle on it as well but, in 1981,repparttar 140370 eagle was removed, leaving repparttar 140371 current red/yellow/red triband with crowned arms.

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