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Alcolea (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Alcolea - Image from the Símbolos de Almería website, 9 May 2014

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Presentation of Alcolea

The municipality of Alcolea (957 inhabitants in 2007; 6,700 ha) is located in the Alpujarra mountains, 70 km north-west of Almería.
Like several other Spanish places of the same name, Alcolea was protected by a fortress (al-qulay'a, diminutive of al-qal'a) in Moorish times.

Ivan Sache, 26 July 2009

Symbols of Alcolea

The flag and arms of Alcolea, approved on 11 October 2004 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 13 October 2004 to the Directorate General of Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 13 January 2005 by the Directorate General of Local Administration and published on 31 January 2005 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 20, p. 29 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Panel in proportions 2:3, divided by a wavy line in two parts: the upper part red with a yellow tower with blue port and windows, centered; the lower part made of four equal wavy stripes, white, green, white and blue.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Gules a tower or port and windows azure, 1b. Argent four waves azure, 2. Azure an olive tree proper on a terrace of the same. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The tower alludes to the name of the municipality, derived from the Arab toponym Alcolaya, meaning "a small castle" or "a fortified tower". The olive tree represents the most common crop in the municipality. The waves represent river Alcolea.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 26 July 2009