Wednesday, April 17

This is how the anthem of Badajoz sounds

Anthem and flag. Badajoz will cease to be this year 2022 the city that did not have its own march or banner. On the 3rd, the Municipal Music Band and the music unit of the Seville Army headquarters premiered the anthem ‘A Badajoz victorious’, composed 200 years ago to commemorate the deeds of the people of Badajoz who faced the troops of Napoleon who intended to enter the city.

Said composition, whose original score is from 1810, will sound again this Saturday in the institutional act with which the first Day of Badajoz will be celebrated and it is very possible that it will not be the last time it is heard, since there are voices that ask make it official. In this regard, the mayor, Ignacio Gragera, showed this Friday his willingness to extend his interpretation to institutional acts, although his intention is first to approve the city’s flag and then to enter into the matter of the anthem.

crimson lion

With the clear background and the rampant lion in crimson. That is the combination that has added the most consensus to finally give a flag to the city of Badajoz, the only provincial capital that cannot wave its own insignia on buildings and official acts.

At the moment, the agreement is only informal, but for the first time it has managed to attract a majority position among the associations and experts who will be the ones who will decide the final configuration of the fourth flag that will fly on the facade of the City Hall, where until now the balcony is chaired only by the flags of Extremadura, Spain and the European Union.

Only the flags of Extremadura, Spain and the EU fly on the facade of the Badajoz City Hall. /

Jose Vicente Arnelas

This was reported this Friday by the mayor of Badajoz, Ignacio Gragera, who hopes that this agreement will materialize “as soon as possible” so that Badajoz recovers a symbol lost at the beginning of the 19th century and that it has been trying to rescue for 24 years. “It is time to give importance and relevance to symbols. I hope that the flag will be a reality in the coming months », he added.

A year ago the municipal plenary agreed to create a Culture Commission so that associations and experts agreed to give the city a flag, leaving politicians on the sidelines. During this time, the different proposals from associations and experts have been compiled and the majority consensus that fits with the history, heraldry and the feeling of the city, Gragera pointed out, is that the flag has a clear background and the symbol of the rampant lion faced a crimson column.

“The proposal fits with the history, the heraldry and the feeling of the city”, highlighted the mayor, Ignacio Gragera

“It is the one that most respects the historical banner of the city,” said the mayor, referring to the royal banner that Alfonso IX of León granted to the city, recognizing it as the ‘Municipality of Realengo’.

That symbol was the one that presided over all the solemn events of the city from the Christian conquest to the time of Fernando VII. Specifically, according to the chronicler of the city, Alberto González, in his book ‘Historia de Badajoz’, “the last act of waving the banner held in Badajoz took place following the order issued from Madrid to do so, to celebrate the exaltation of the throne of Ferdinand VII, on April 17, 1808. From that date such a ceremony was not repeated, even losing in Badajoz the royal banner of the city».

The first Badajoz Day will be held this Saturday with an institutional event, guided tours and an exhibition

That is the same banner that stars in the famous local legend of ‘The Portuguese cauldron’, the daring Portuguese horseman who stole the banner from the city and took it to Elvas and who died in a cauldron of boiling oil as punishment.

Discarded the black and white

It was Friends of Badajoz who in 1998 asked the City Council to recover the city’s flag. Since then, several attempts have been made, well into the 21st century, to decide on a banner for the city, but all of them were forgotten in a drawer precisely due to the lack of consensus regarding two opposing options: the crimson one, fundamentally defended by historical associations and defense of heritage, and the black and white, defended by the PP.

This last option was based on three arguments, the first a report from the Royal Academy of Heraldry and Genealogy of Matritense prepared in 2014, which advocated a black and white flag. White, to pay homage to the royal banner of León, and the black, for the banner of the aphtasic kings of the Kingdom of Badajoz. The latter was controversial, as some historians called it a mistake.

The other two motifs were more unusual and made reference to the habit of the brotherhood of the Patron Saint of Badajoz and the colors of CD Badajoz.

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