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Cacín (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Cacín - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 17 May 2014

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Presentation of Cacín

The municipality of Cacín (626 inhabitants in 2008; 3,900 ha; municipal website) is located 40 km south-west of Granada.
Founded in the 18th century, the village is probably named after the Moorish anthroponym Abul-Qasim; the village was partially rebuilt after the earthquake that occurred in the region in Christmas 1884.

Ivan Sache, 11 July 2009

Symbols of Cacín

The flag and arms of Cacín, adopted on 15 December 2005 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 10 January 2006 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 19 January 2006 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 2 February 2006 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 22, p. 33 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 2:3, made of five equal horizontal stripes, three blue and two white, and of a red vertical stripe with a white Cacín pot, covering 1/3 of the length.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Argent a Cacín pot gules, 1b. Gules three arrows argent per fess, 2. Vert a bridge argent masoned sable on fesses wavy azure and argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The Cacín pot (olla de Cacín, photo) is a Neolithic pot found in the Cacín Cave, now exhibited in the National Archeological Museum of Madrid. The bridge shown on the municipal arms is located a few kilometers from the village on the ancient road linking Cacín and Ventas de Huelma; locally known as "the Roman bridge", it was indeed rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century. The arrows evoke the town's patron saint, St. Sebastian.
[La Opinión de Granada, 18 March 2009; Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 11 July 2009