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Plaque with the royal coat of arms

<p>Plaque with the royal arms, second half of the 14th century, limestone, from the Monastery of Santa Maria de Santes Creus, Aiguam&uacute;rcia. &copy; of the photograph: Museum of the History of Catalonia</p>

Plaque with the royal arms, second half of the 14th century, limestone, from the Monastery of Santa Maria de Santes Creus, Aiguamúrcia. © of the photograph: Museum of the History of Catalonia

The 12th century saw the emergence of the symbols of Catalonia and Catalan language with the consolidation of its political sovereignty. The emblem of the counts of Barcelona, consisting of four vertical red bars a field of gold, was in use since the time of Ramon Berenguer IV.

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