NATIONAL SYMBOLSThis is the FLAG of Spain. It consists of three horizontal stripes: red, golden yellow and red. The golden yellow stripe is wider than the red stripes. It contains the shield on the left side.
This SHIELD contains many elements with different meanings; e.g.
-the castle: represents the former kingdom of Castile
-the lion: represents the former kingdom of León
-the yellow and red bars: represent the former kingdom of Aragón
-the chain: represents the former kingdom of Navarre
-the pomegranate: represents Granada
-the three flours-de-lys at the centre: represent the House of Borbon-Anjou
-the crown at the top: represents that Spain is a monarchy
-the pillars of Hercules: represent Gibraltar, end of the known world.
-the motto "PLUS ULTRA" (=more beyond): referring to the discovery of America
If you click here, you can listen to the national anthem.