Which National Flags Feature Building?

flags with buildings

A national flag with buildings, a national flag represents and symbolises a given nation. This is often the colour, design, shape, which holds significant meaning. Of the 195 + National flags, five feature buildings. The flags of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Portugal, Spain, and San Marino are the only flags that feature buildings in their emblems.

  • The Flag of Spain and Portugal both have a building of a fort in the Coat of Arms.
  • The Flag of Afghanistan has a building of a mosque.
  • The Flag of Cambodia has a building of a temple, Angkor Wat.
  • The Flag of San Marino has three defensive towers, representing the citadels La Cesta, La Montale and La Guaita.

The Flag Of Afghanistan

Flag of Afghanistan
Flag of Afghanistan

The national flag of Afghanistan consists of three equal vertical bands of black, red, and green. The Flag consists of a vertical tricolour with the classical National Emblem in the centre. The central image is circled by sheaves of wheat, representing fertility. Top of the emblem is the phrase “Allahu Akbar” in Arabic, and slightly above that are rays of sun leading up to the Islamic Declaration of Faith or “Shahada”: “There is no deity but God, and Mohammad is the messenger of God”. Afghanistan has had 25 flags since the first flag when the Hotak dynasty was established in 1709. During the 20th century alone, Afghanistan went through 18 national flags, more than any other country during that time period.

Flag Of Cambodia

Flag of Cambodia
Flag of Cambodia

Cambodia is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The flag of Cambodia in its present form was originally adopted in 1948 and readopted in 1993, after the Constituent Assembly election 1993 and the restoration of the Cambodian monarchy. Since around 1850, the Cambodian flag has featured a depiction of Angkor Wat in the centre. Red and blue are traditional colours of Cambodia.

Flag Of Portugal

Flag of Portugal
Flag of Portugal

The national flag of Portugal is a rectangular bicolour with a field divided into green on the hoist, and red on the fly. The flag’s length is equal to 1+1⁄2 times its width, which translates into an aspect ratio of 2:3. The background is vertically divided into two colours: dark green on the hoist side, and scarlet red on the fly. The colours were popularly propagandised as representing the hope of the nation, Green, and the blood of those who died defending it, Red, as a means to endow them with a more patriotic and dignified, therefore less political, sentiment.

Flag Of San Marino

San Marino Flag
Flag of San Marino

The state and war flag of San Marino is formed by two equal horizontal bands of white and light blue with the national coat of arms superimposed in the centre. The two colours of the flag represent peace, white, and liberty, light blue. The official proportion of the flag is 3:4, the coat of arms’ width being 3⁄8 of the flag’s length.

Flag Of Spain

Flag of Spain
Flag of Spain

The National Flag of Spain was officially adopted on October 5, 1981. The design of the current flag was based on the 1785 naval ensign of the Kingdom of Spain, ruled then by Charles III. The current official National Coat of Arms was adopted on October 5, 1981. The colours of the Spanish flag are primarily red and yellow. Red and yellow were selected as the colours for the flag of Spain as these are seen as traditional Spanish colours.

List of National Flags with Building

Country Official NameNational Flag AdoptedPrimary Colours
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan9 October 2004Black, Green and White
Kingdom of Cambodia24 September 1993Blue, Red and White
Portuguese Republic30 June 1911Red, Green & Yellow
The Republic of San Marino6 April 1862White & Light Blue
Kingdom of Spain5 October 1981Red & Yellow


Which National Flags Feature Building?
Which National Flags Feature Building?
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