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Arquillos (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Arquillos - Image by "Nethunter" (Wikimedia Commons), 12 July 2009

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Presentation of Arquillos

The municipality of Arquillos (1,937 inhabitants in 2008; 6,500; municipal website) is located 80 km north-east of Jaén.

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2009

Symbols of Arquillos

The flag and arms of Arquillos, adopted on 3 March 2006 by the Municipal Council and submitted the same day to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 10 March 2006 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 27 March 2006 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 58, pp. 50-51 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 2:3, made of two equal vertical, crenellated stripes, red with a Latin cross at hoist and yellow at fly.
Coat of arms: Shield divided per fess embattled of three pieces. 1. Or the monogram "C III" gules, 2. Azure twelve five-pointed stars argent placed in a circle. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The upper part of the coat of arms features the monogram of King Charles III, who established the town in 1767 for German colonists, who were exempted of tax and granted a Royal Charter in 1771. The lower part of the coat of arms recalls that the main building of the town is the church dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, to which Charles III had a specific devotion. The embattlement symbolizes a fortress that defended the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquest.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Jaén (PDF file)]

The symbols were inaugurated, together with the revamped Town Hall, on 7 October 2006. Beforehand, Arquillos used an unofficial coat of arms based on the arms of the neighbouring town of Baeza, of which Arquillos depended in the past. The flag was sketched by Jesús Solano and designed by the expert in vexillology Vicente Tocino.
[Ideal, 8 October 2006]

Ivan Sache, 12 July 2009