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Huércal de Almería (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

Last modified: 2014-03-23 by ivan sache
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Flag of Huércal de Almería - Image by "Miguillen" (Wikimedia Commons), 6 July 2009


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Presentation of Huércal de Almería

The municipality of Huércal de Almería (13,990 inhabitants in 2008; 2,100 ha; municipal website), located 5 km north of Almería, is part of the Almería Metropolitan Area.

Huércal was part of the town of Almería, like several other neighbouring places, in the Moorish period. After the reconquest, the Catholic Monarchs sticked to this administrative division; a Royal Decree signed on 8 December 1501 confirmed Huércal as an arrabal (ward) of Almería. The arrabales of Almería remained rural villages until the 18th century, when the town started to increase beyond its historic walls. Huércal, located on a main road to Almería, became an independent municipality in the beginning of the 19th century.

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2009


Symbols of Huércal de Almería

The flag of Huércal de Almería, approved on 27 March 2007 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 12 April 2007 to the Directorate General of Local Administration, is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 7 May 2007 by the Directorate General of Local Administration and published on 22 May 2007 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 100, p. 15 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in length one and a half the hoist, divided in three parallel stripes, at hoist the first, white, on 3/10 of the fla'sg length, the second, red, on 1/10 and the third, green, on 6/10. The municipal coat of arms is placed overall, centered over the red stripe.

The coat of arms of Huércal de Almería, approved on 26 April 1993 by the Municipal Council and validated on 12 November 1993 by the Royal Academy of History, is prescribed by Decree No. 28, adopted on 8 February 1994 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 4 August 1994 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 34, pp. 2,100-2,101 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 18 March 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Gules a tower issuant from a mound on the same cantonned dexter by a crescent and sinister by a bunch of grapes all argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The Cárdenas tower is a characteristic element of the local landscape. The crescent represents the Arabic origin of the town. The bunch of grapes symbolizes the most common crop in the region.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2009

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