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Flag of Benahadux - Image from the Símbolos de Almería website, 9 May 2014
The municipality of Benahadux (4,222 inhabitants in 2013; 1,600 ha; municipal website) is located on the banks of river Andarax, 10 km north of Almería.
Benahadux, known as Urkeseken to the Celtiberians, as Urci to the Romans, and as Benu-Abus to the Arabs, was located at the merging of important ways, the Via Augusta, linking Cartagena to Cádiz along the seashore, and the Via de Cástulo, linking Cástulo (Cazorla) to Malaca.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 October 2012
The flag of Benahadux, adopted on 5 February 2001 by the Municipal Council and validated on 2 October 2001 by the Royal Academy of Cordóba, is prescribed by Decree No. 291, adopted on 26 December 2001 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 9 February 2002 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 17, pp. 2,073-2,074 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular flag [...], of 1,500 mm in length on 1,000 mm in height, divided into three parts by a white "Y" (or pairle) placed horizontally. The branches of the "Y", of 10 cm in height, join together in the middle of the field towards the hoist. Red: the field limited by the arms and the hoist. Green: the two other fields. The full coat of arms of the place, crown included, is placed in the middle of the red field, on the two sides of the flag.
The "Y" recalls that Benahadux was located at the merging of two significant roads into a single one heading southwestwards, forming a "Y" on a map. The "Y" also represents the melting of the three Celtiberian, Roman and Arab cultures.
Red is a symbol of strength, audacity, highness and ardour, which are qualities proper to the Iberian people. Red was also the colour of the standards of the Roman legions led by General Publio Valerio Prisco, born in Urci. Green is a symbol of hope, friendship, commitment and respect. Green was the preferred colour of the Arabs, who transformed the area in a genuine orchard, as celebrated by the poets of the time.
The coat of arms of Benahadux, adopted on 29 January 1993 by the Municipal Council and validated on 29 April 1994 by the Royal Academy of History, is prescribed by Decree No. 142, adopted on 12 July 1994 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 1 September 1994 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 137, p.10,815 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 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: Per pale, 1. Gules a spheric bowl in chief a mulberry leaf in base all or, 2. Vert a fess wavy argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.
The bowl represents the different cultures that settled the place from Prehistory to the Roman period. The mulberry leaf, from a tree common in the area, represents silk production in the Arab period. The fess wavy represents river Andarax.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]
Ivan Sache & Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 October 2012