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Almargen (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Almargen - Image by Ivan Sache, 5 July 2009

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Presentation of Almargen

The municipality of Almargen (2,153 inhabitants in 2008; 3,500 ha; municipal website) is located 100 km north-west of Málaga, on the border with the Seville Province and the Cádiz Province.
The name of the village is of Arabic origin, literally meaning "those from the pastures"; several remains from the Moorish period, for instance ceramics, have been found near the rivers Almargen and Corbones. Remains of Roman thermae have also been found in the place called Casa Blanca ("White House"), near the source of brook Arroyo, whose water is famous for its high concentration of iodine.

Ivan Sache, 5 January 2009

Symbols of Almargen

The flag and arms of Almargen, adopted on 29 March 2007 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 2 April 2007 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 18 April 2007 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 3 May 2007 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 86, pp. 31-32 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, divided in two equal stripes perpendicular to the hoist, the upper yellow and the lower blue; in the middle, overall, the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Or an olive tree vert, 2. Azure a funerary stele from the Age of Bronze, in base per fess wavy argent and azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The field or, representing cereals, and the tree, representing olive tree cultivation, refers to the rural origin of the town. The funerary stele represents an archeological piece of great value found in the municipality, approximately 3,000 years old. The waves symbolize the abundance of water, supplied by the Majadaborrejo, Cabrerizo and Casablanca sources.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Málaga (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 13 January 2009