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Banco Central de Venezuela (Central Bank of Venezuela)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 21 December 1999

Banco Central de Venezuela (Central Bank of Venezuela) :
Description: A Dark Blue field, with the Seal of the Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) centered on it. This seal mimicks a coin, and it is usually black with embroiderments of white, encircled in ocre. There is also a coloured version of the Seal, also used on flags (haven't found it yet).
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 21 December 1999

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

This is a variant of the flag of Venezuela's Central Bank. This one, instead of a black and white seal has an ocre and red seal. Both variants are usually hoisted alternatively with no protocol which would specify their different meanings (if any). Word is up that a slight change in the flag's logo is coming...
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

Consejo Nacional Electoral (Electoral Authority)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 June 2000

The flag of the Consejo Nacional Electoral, head of the Electoral Power in Venezuela. Logo designed in 1997 by Santiago Pol. The flag is decorative, for standing pole rather than to be flown. The Consejo Nacional Electoral, the main electoral authority in Venezuela.
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 June 2000

Contralori'a General de la Repu'blica (General Comptroller)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

General Comptroller Office flag:
A grey field framed by a thin blue band (this is not a fringe; it's part of the flag), and inside it the semblem of the General Comptroller's Office: the THREE KEYS, and the words "Contralori'a General de la Repu'blica" (CGR), in blue. This Comptroller's Office wwas created as the "Contralor?a  Nacional" in 1938, receiving its current name with the framing of the 1961 constitution, which has remained after the drafting of the New Constitution of 1999. This flag flies outside the building of the CGR, its pole being diagonally attached to the building itself, whereas a national flag is hoisted on its own sanding polea few meters in front of the building (a must according to the Venezuelan Flag Law).

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

General Comptroller flag:
This flag, all grey, has a lighter grey fringe (being usually a desktop, or an office flag, not a flag to be hoisted ouiside), made out of shiny taffeta, and iwth the CGR's seal embroidered on its center. The seal consists of two concentric circles of blue, and the words "Contralori'a General de la Repu'blica - Venezuela" arranged in circular fashion inside the outer circle. Inside the inner circle, we can see the CGR's Three Keys.

The Symbol of the Three Keys :
The first book of the Real Hacienda of the Venezuelan Provoince dates from the 29th of April of 1529, and it starts with an "account of the money collected by Juan de Amp?es and its people while Governor Micer Ambrosio landed on this land". Two months after the arrival on the first Belzares expedition, captained by Governor Ambrosio Alfinger, in Coro (the the capital of the province of Venezuela, the first registers of the Real Hacienda take place, under the supervision of a "Treasurer", an "Accountant" , a "Writer and Observer". The functions of these three Royal Officials was ruled by a 'Cedula Instruccio'n' issued by the Queen Jane of Spain (Juana la Loca) the 17th of February of 1531. The Cedula said especifically  that the three Royal Officers had a duty to deposit on a Coffin "all the gold a pearls belonging to the King". The Coffin had three keys with three diferent locks, each of the Royal Officials being issued with one of the keys. It was warned that no one could substract "no gold, no pearl, no coin" from the Coffin without the agreement and presence of the three Royal Officers, as a way to avoid fraud and mishandling of funds. The three Royal Officers also kept each a separate book reccording the accounts of the coffin, whose contents wer transcribed later to a General and Common Book of Control. And nothing could be taken away od deposited in the Royal Coffin without being entered in such a book, and this under the presence of the Governor.
The Real Cedula of the 17th of February of 1531 serves as a revealing document of the care and vigilance which Spain exerted over the control and handling of her administration and of her ultramarine posessions. It is, in fact, a historical precedent, obvious differences aside, if what is and represents the General Comptroller's Office. Hence, the symbol of the Three Keys.
Manuel Trujillo. Archivo Histo'rico de la CGR (adapted and translated by Guillermo Aveledo)

Jaume Olle' asked:
Can you check if the writing in the flag of the Controladuria General de la Republica is correct. The word "contraloria" seems a bit strange.
And Santiago Dotor replied:
As far as I know "Contraloria" is perfectly correct in South America. There is no fully equivalent term in Spain, and we would call this "Tribunal de Cuentas" and/or "Intervenci?n General del Estado". And I guess the leading officials in that organisation are "contralores" which in Spain would be "interventores".

The term is indeed "contraloria". But yes, it sounds funny and its very difficult to translate properly; now the situation has worsened because the status of the Contraloria [which I had named Comptroller's office] has been altered under the new Venezuelan Constitution of 1999. No changes on the flag, though (but a very slight modification of the dimensions might be ordered). The term might be that strange, since it is originally a French word. I checked the DRAE (Diccionario de la Ral Academia Espan~ola), and it said as follow in my rough translation:
"CONTRALORIA. (From contralor [which comes from the French 'controleur'] fem. In some American countries, a service in charge of examining the legality and correctness of public expenditure."

Perhaps "Controladur?a" would be a more correct term for Spanish use, but I guess French jurisprudence and constitutional doctrine shaped our legal framework in the past century more than Spanish law did.
Guillermo T. Aveledo , 25 March 2000

Fiscali'a General de la Repu'blica. Ministerio Pu'blico (General Attorney Office. Public Ministry)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 16 September 2000

Venezuela - Fiscali'a General de la Repu'blica. Ministerio Pu'blico - Venezuela: General Attorney's Offiice. Public Ministry
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 16 September 2000

Instituto Nacional de Cooperación Educativa (INCE - National Educative Cooparation Institute)

by Zachary Harden, 20 December 2004

Based on <>.

Instituto Nacional de Deportes (IND - National Sports Institute)

by Ivan Sache, 27 May 2004

Coat of Arms
by Raul Orta, 28 April 2004

Flag at <>. Logo at <>.
Dov Gutterman and Marc Pasquin, 13 April 2004

Instituto Nacional de Deportes (National Institute of Sports) - Official organization which centralizes all the sport activity in our country.
The Flag - Attributes and Semiology: Consists in a field with approximated ratio 2:3; this is, square and half of length, diagonally divided  from the superior corner of the fly to the inferior corner of the hoist  in two triangular stripes: white (superior) and blue (inferior). Completes the design the Coat of Arms of the Institute on the center. Although at the time of the redaction of this file is not available official data about the semiology of this flag, according to the consulted sources, the generally attributed meaning to these colors is the follows: white remembers Integrity, Virtue and Peace whereas blue alludes to High Ideals, Elevation of Sights, Justice, Loyalty and Perseverance, values all  totally adapt with the aims and objectives of the Organism.  This piece is considered too the Venezuelan Sport Flag.
Historical Synthesis: Until the moment of the redaction of this file is not available data about the origin and official adoption of this flag.
Coat of Arms - Attributes: Consists of a French contour tierced in fess. The Quarter of the Chief, is plenty in Or (yellow). The Central Quarter, enameled in Azure (blue) charges twenty-three five-pointed stars in Argent (white) disposed five, nine and nine, being of greater dimension the central one in the set of five. The Quarter of the Base, enameled in Gules (red) loads the abbreviations "I", "N" and "D" in Roman capital letters of Argent (white). As external ornaments, the blazon shows a censer in Sable (black) flamed (with flames) in Or (yellow) and Gules (red) as crest and as supports, a laurel crown in its colors and a pennant in Argent (white) charging the motto 2MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO"  (Healthy Mind in Healthy Body) in gothic capital letters in Sable (black), both subjects by a human dexter in Argent (white) filleted (delineated) in Sable (black).
Semiology: Although at the time of the redaction of this file is not available official data about the matter, according to the consulted sources is possible to be inferred that the enamels in the quarters allude to the National Flag of Venezuela: Or (yellow) remembers Authority, Magnanimity and Constance; Azure (blue) alludes to High Ideals, Elevation of Sights, Justice, Loyalty and Perseverance, while Gules (red) represents Courage, Sacrifice and Valor, all of them virtues totally adapted with the aims and objectives of the Organism. The stars represent the twenty-three geopolitical entities of the Republic, whereas the abbreviations allude naturally to the Institute. The flamed censer remembers the Sports Spirit; the laurel crown symbolizes the imperishable triumph fruit of the maintained effort; the closed hand symbolizes strength and victory, whereas the motto, take from the well-known phrase of the Latin poet Juvenal, rebounds the same essence and fundamental object of the Organism.
Historical Synthesis: Until the moment of the redaction of this file is not available data about the origin and official adoption of this Coat of Arms.
Sources:  Material and information provided by Mr. Konstantin Jemetz, Functionary in Charge of Documentation of Literature Room and Superior University Technician Richard Idrogo, Graphical Designer of  Department of Press of National Institute of Sports. Caracas, April 21st, 2004.
Raul Orta, 28 April 2004

The Latin poet Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis, c. 60-c. 130) came from Apulia to Rome under the reign of emperor Domitian (Titus Flavius Domitianus, 51-96, emperor in 81). He spent a harsh life, always searching for rich protectors. Embittered by his setbacks, he wrote in the beginning of the IInd century sixteen Satires, in which he violently denounced the moral corruption of the Roman society. Juvenal venerated the traditional moral and social values and accusated the foreigners and the emancipated slaves to contribute to the degeneracy of these values. Juvenal is considered as one of the founders of the satire, characterized by the lack of nuance and deliberately exaggerated indignation. Among those who acknowledged his influence are the French satirists Nicolas Boileau (1636-1711) and Victor Hugo (1802-1885).
Mens sana in corpore sano appears in Satire X (356), dedicated to the wishes. Originally, Juvenal meant that, as a wise man, he asked to the God only a healthy mind and a healthy body. The modern meaning of the maxima is rather that a healthy body is required to have a healthy mind. Therefore, it is not surprising that Juvenal's maxima is used as a mantra by sport federations. I believe the use of supposed wise Latin mottos by the sport federations is extremely ironical knowing the level of mind and body corruption attained in modern sport.
Ivan Sache, 27 May 2004

Instituto Nacional de Parques (INPARQUES, National Park Institute)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

Instituto Nacional de Parques (INPARQUES, National Park Institute) - The INPARQUES logo, with the letters MARNR (Ministry of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). The logo is a black deer passant (modernly stylised) on a tree leaf .
Now, the names and initials of many ministries (including this) have changed, but no flag has done any changes
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda (INAVI, National Housing Institute)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda (INAVI, National Housing Institute) - The INAVI logo (three crossed gibblings which look like houses), and the letters MINDUR above it (Ministry of Urban Development), in brown.
Now, the names and initials of many ministries (including this) have changed, but no flag has done any changes
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

La Dirección Nacional de Investigaciones Penales (National Directory for Penal Invastigations)

The "Cuerpo Tecnico de Polici'a Judicial" (CTPJ) is the national investigative police in Venezuela, closely linked to the Judicial Power and to the whole procces of enforcing Penal Law. It has two flags, a flag for the Central Office and representative of the institution itself, and a branch flag (not official, only drawn from my observations).

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

The CTPJ Flag consists of  a sky blue field represents marian (after Virgin Mary, of the Catholic faith) and the white cross (of Jerusalem) represests devotion and the spirit of sacrifice which must caracterise and be a mark of every man and woman belonging to the CTPJ. On the center of the cross, we see the CPTJ's Coat of Arms:

The Coat of Arms
by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 1 March 2000

The Coat of Arms - sabre fielded shield, as a symbol of hte impetuosity of police soul. It is not a parted field (symbolising the unity of the police body and the competence of the STPJ all over the Venezuelan Territory). A quartered golden cross sits at the center of the shield, and from its centre, golden rays gleam to the different extremes of the cross (and of the four smalle crosses annexed to it, representing honesty, heroism, loyalty and total surrender of the self to virtue). Crowning the whield we see a mural crown (similar to those on Portuguese municipal flags and to that of Venezuela's National Guard), with four turrets, simbolising the reward for the bravery, the boldness and the perseverance which are kry to the triumph of good over evil. Below, we there's a flying eagle, as a symbol of the sagaciousness and firmness necessary in the pursue of police duties, to subdue evildoers. The two lauril branches along the seides of the shield incarnate the hopes on achieving goals and the reward for heroic action. Finally, encricling the shield, we see a band with marina colours (blue-white), which identify  the CTPJ. We see on this band the date of foundation of the CTPJ (February 20th, 1958), and the date of the passing of the Law onf Judicial Police, (July 8th, 1975). From left to right and hugging the lauril branches we can read the phrase "Non ministrare, Sed ministrare" (Not to be served but to serve).
Guillermo T. Aveledo , 1 March 2000

I located this flag but as National Direction of Penal Investigations at <>.
Here is a Altavista translation:
FLAG - It is the standard that represents the honor and the highest values of the National Direction of Penal Investigations. The celestial blue bottom incarnates the marianos colors and the white cross means the devotion and the spirit of sacrifice that must characterize and distinguish all man and woman whom part of the Institution forms. The own and exclusive character of the National Direction of Penal Investigations, is identified when taking the Shield of Arms in the central part of the Flag totally.
The Shield of Arms has a bottom field, color saber (black), that it wants to symbolize reciedumbre of the Police Core. This field is not divided nor is divided, thus wanting to symbolize the unit of the Body and the Police competition that the Venezuelan national territory has mainly. In the center of this field, it goes like figure, a cantonada enamel cross metal gold, formed by a great Greek cross. There from the center of the great cross they leave to rays for the ends, also covering other four small inserted Greek crossings. The cantonada cross is one of oldest than it is known in the Christian world. It is a sacred symbol. With her it is wanted to represent the heroic acts inspired by the search of an ideal, without repairing in difficulties nor sacrifices, separating all idea from profit and personal interest, the sacrifice and the honor of the police civil employee. The four small crossings mean the virtues of the heroísmo, loyalty, the honesty and the total delivery to the service. In the superior part it is the crown mural, that symbolizes the glory, the prize to I throw, the value and certainty that determine the triumph of the good in the fight against badly. In the inferior part it is the rampante eagle symbolizing the necessary sagacidad and the firmness in the fulfillment of having police officer, to reduce to the malefactors. The two branches of laurel of the flanks incarnate the hope in the profits and the prize to the heroic actions. Finally, bordering the shield, a tape with the marianos colors is seen, blue and white that identify our Institution. In her we can read the date of the foundation of the National Direction of Penal Investigations: 20 of February of 1958 and the date in which the Law of Judicial Police was promulgated: 8 of Julio of 1975. Of right to left and more down, it is reflxed mng in Latin " Non Ministrari, Thirst Ministrare ", that in Spanish means: Not to be served but to serve, motto that must at any moment have the police civil employee like north of its acts. "
Dov Gutterman, 21 January 2002

The National Direction of Penal Investigations was formerly known as the CTPJ or Cuerpo Tecnico de Policia Judicial (Technical Body of Judicial Police). I'm sure the CoA will have to change (since it says Cuerpo Tecnico de Policia Judicial in the white-blue band encricling the shield).
The NDPI changed from the former CPTJ late in 2001. I was expecting a thorough symbol change, but nothing has happened so far.
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 5 March 2002

Petro'leos de Venezuela (PDVSA -Venezuelan Petroleum)

by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 12 July 2000

Here is the flag of PDVSa or Petro'leos de Venezuela, Sociedad Ano'nima, which is the Venezuelan Oil Company, which is managed and controlled by the State. Though autonomous, it is under the supervision and control of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). PDVSA's oil tankers (& other ships) fleet is hoisting Venezuelan flags again . Perhaps "PDV Marina" has a flag of its own, as any other shipping house flag.
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 12 July 2000

Radio Club Venezolano

Radio Club Venezolano flag can be seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 1 June 2001