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Lima Province (Peru)

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Lima city flag image by Jaume Ollé, 19 May 2000
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Description of the flag

Flag of city and department of Lima (coat of arms is not always used).
Jan-Patrick Fischer, 15 March 2001

In our archives there are two Lima flags, the city proper, and the Metropolitan city flag, this last one a vertical copperish banner that might looks like a deep burned yellow. The city flag resembles a yellow-tan.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 03 July 2002

According to Peru.21, 18 January 2006, the celebration of the 471st anniversary of the Spanish foundation of Lima by Francisco Pizarro shall include an allegoric parade, flag hoisting, official sessions and a mass celebrated in the Basilical Cathedral.Flags will be hoisted by the local municipal authorities on the Parade Ground (Plaza de Armas). The Mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, will hoist the national flag; Regidor Walter Menchola will hoist lo propio with the city pennant (I don’t understand what “lo propio” is) and Regidora Marcia Montero will hoist the same with the Tahuantinsuyo banner.
Ivan Sache, 20 January 2006

There is an important source from the official government of the city of Lima in which they describe the origin of the coat of arms and the flag, located here.
Esteban Rivera, 12 January 2008

This book, Orígen de los símbolos patrios by Marcos Garfias Dávila is about Peruvian national symbols (about the flag p.27-56); it doesn’t seem to give any relevant information about the Lima city flag or arms, apart from a b/w depiction on the cover, which matches more or less Jaume’s images about the overall design and Miguel’s in the relative lengths of the star arms on the shield.
António Martins, 13 January 2008

Incorrect report

The past president of the Chesapeake Bay Flag Association, whose name escapes my mind at the moment, displayed an eight-striped rainbow flag before a meeting last year which he purchased in Peru. It was specifically pointed out that it was different than the Gay Pride flag. He claimed it to be the flag of Lima.
Steve Kramer, 23 March 1998

Absoltely wrong. I received some weeks ago several photos and written information from the Alcalde (Mayor) of Lima: the city flag (and also the municipal council of Lima) is not multicolored, but monocolored dark yellow, with shield. That flag of eight stripes is a quishwa aymara flag, the flag of the Inca.
Jaume Ollé, 21, 23 and 24 March 1998

This is likely to be a misattribution, confusing Lima for Cusco, which indeed has a rainbow flag, even if with seven, not eight stripes.
António Martins, 23 June 2010

Lima (Cercado) district

Lima metro flagimage by Jaume Ollé, 19 May 2000

I suspect that exist two banners: one for the city and other for the province or metropolitan municipality. The Lima government posted me some months ago several photos with Lima city flag and Lima province banner, and common arms. They don’t mention a banner for the city (neither a flag for the province) but is frequently in Latin America. The Lima city flag is more clear (dark yellow or light ochre) that the provincial banner (redish ochre). The banner of Lima city must be then dark yellow or light ochre.
Jaume Ollé, 16 August 1999

The banner in which the Lima’s coat of arms is displayed is gold (yellow), following a very old heraldic use.
Miguel Gómez-Arboccó, 09 August 1999


Lima metro flag image by Miguel Gómez-Arboccó, 09 August 1999

A vertical swallowtail in a colour close to dark yellow with the greater arms of Lima centered in the solid portion.
Jorge Candeias, 13 August 1999

A wonderful golden flag with the splendid colonial coat of arms that Queen Juana I and King Carlos I gave to the then called Ciudad de los Reyes (City of the Kings). José Luis de Cuenca Orbegoso, Jul 2002

When I visited Lima in April 2002, I saw Lima’s flag of dark yellow many times. I am not sure they substitute dark yellow for golden flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 03 July 2002

Independencia district

Independencia district flag image by António Martins, 08 February 2006

A photo showing the flag of the District of Independencia in Department of Lima is shown on its webpage. Yellow flag with district logo in the center, which bears name above it ;"Municipalidad de Independencia" I suppose?
Valentin Poposki, 05 February 2006

Also on line, there’s a squezeed but larger image of the logo.
António Martins, 08 February 2006

Los Olivos

Independencia district flag  Independencia district flag images by Daniel Rentería, 24 February 2024

The flag of Los Olivos was adopted on April 8, 1998 by Council Agreement Nº 040-98/CDLO. It became clear that there was a need for a flag, especially since a contest was held that year and the year before for the adoption of a municipal coat of arms and anthem.

It was resolved by the council that the flag carries the same proportions as the national flag and that the flag carries a centered coat of arms of Los Olivos centered on a jade green background. The flag with the current coat of arms has been used from 1998 to 2015 and was re-adopted in 2019.

Coat of Arms
The coat of arms was also adopted the same year as the flag, on March 12 it appears. Its creation came about around the time of Los Olivos's 9th anniversary as a district. In total, there were 188 entries in the municipal coat of arms contest; many even came from other parts of Metropolitan Lima. Leonor Álvarez Paria, resident of Santa Anita District, was recognized as the winner on February 20. The coat of arms shows urban and landscape growth, a perspective towards the future, and the progressive push of the people of Los Olivos. The three trees represent growth and greenery in the gardens and parks of the district, while the city represents progress. The words "DESARROLLO Y PROGRESO" mean "DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS".
Daniel Rentería, 24 February 2024

2015 Coat of Arms and Flag

Independencia district flag  Independencia district flag images by Daniel Rentería, 24 February 2024

However, on January 16, 2015, Council Agreement Nº 005-2015-CDLO took effect. The Management of Municipal Press and Institutional Image designed this coat of arms. On January 10, 2019, this decision was reversed and the coat of arms from the 1997 contest became official again. It appears this coat of arms was not very popular, as it was seen by many as a waste of money and a political move by mayor Pedro del Rosario, It should be noted that the coat of arms became official only 15 days after he took the position and reversed only 10 days after he left office.

The flag also changed during these years, from 2015 to 2019.
Daniel Rentería, 24 February 2024

Pueblo Libre

Independencia district flag  Independencia district flag images by Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

Pueblo Libre has had many recent flag changes. A pattern is quite noticeable with these flag (and official coat of arms) changes: that they come about because of a new administration. The current flag has a white background, current version of the coat of arms, and reads "Municipalidad de Pueblo Libre". This flag was adopted in 2023 around the start of the tenure of mayor Mónica Rossana Tello López.

The current version of the coat of arms was adopted as official in early 2023 by Council Agreement N°003-2023-MPL, although it has seen unofficial use since 2015. Pueblo Libre is recognized as "Villa de Los Libertadores" (Town of the Liberators) due to the historical figures who lived here that then fought for Peruvian independence. Gold is considered a symbol of Pueblo Libre's prestige and beauty, black representing the elegance and modernity of the city.

The upper left portion of the shield displays the former Palacio de la Magdalena and the upper right portion the Santa María Magdalena parish from the colonial era. Don José de San Martín, who renamed the town to what it is today, and Simón Bolívar both appear in the lower portion. These two liberators are above a laurel wreath. Around the shield is two crowned birds, to give importance to the fact it is in Lima.
Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

2019–2022 Flag

Independencia district flag  Independencia district flag images by Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

This flag has a maroon field and the coat of arms in white. Below the coat of arms is text reading "Municipalidad de Pueblo Libre". The maroon is a commonly used government color, perhaps the reason this color was used. Adopted at around the start of the tenure of mayor Stephen Yuri Haas del Carpio.

Opinion 002-2015-MPL-CPL/CDSCPV of the Ordinary Commission for Social, Cultural, Development, and Neighborhood Participation of the Municipal Council of Pueblo Libre asked for approval of this former version of the coat of arms. It was then approved by the municipal government. This version is described as having "earthy" and colonial colors.
Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

2015–2018 Flag

Independencia district flag image by Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

This flag had a black coat of arms with "Pueblo Libre" below it. The background was yellow, likely a reminder of the background of the flag of Lima. Adopted at around the start of the tenure of mayor Jhonel Jorge Leguía Jamis.
Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

2015–2018 Flag

Independencia district flag  Independencia district flag images by Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024

The flag during the tenure of mayor Rafael Santos (possibly adopted before) had the municipal coat of arms in black on a yellow background, again probably a reminder of the Lima flag.

Before 2015, the municipal government used a coat of arms which was simply the lower half of the shield in the current coat of arms. It also had "MUNICIPALIDAD DISTRITAL DE PUEBLO LIBRE" and "Villa de Los Libertadores" encircling it.
Daniel Rentería, 26 February 2024