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Almócita (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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

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Presentation of Almócita

The municipality of Almócita (163 inhabitants in 2008; 3,083 ha; municipal website) is located 55 km north-west of Almería.

Like several other villages in the region, Almócita claims to have been founded by the lineage of Tubal, one of Noah's grandsons; however, the village is of Moorish origin and is considered as the best preserved Morisco village of the province. The village grew around a water tank, located on the site of the today's town hall; it had a source, baths, a bread oven flanking the mosque, a grain mill and two oil mills powered by river Bogaraya; subsequently, the Marquis of Bogaraya set up a forge on the river, which produced 30 tons of iron each year. The village was also known for silk production. The surroundings of Almócita were rich in ore, which was exploited very early; the village owned parts of the famous lead mine of Solana, located on the Cerro del Capitán (Captain's Hill).
In 1570, Juan of Austria negociated in Almócita the surrending of the revolted Moriscos. The peace was celebrated under a oak located in the estate known as Cortijo del Hadid, quickly renamed Cortijo de las Paces (Peace's Estate).

Ivan Sache, 3 August 2009

Symbols of Almócita

The flag and arms of Almócita, approved on 3 February 2004 by the Municipal Council, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 19 March 2004 by the Directorate General of Local Administration and published on 1 April 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 64, p. 8,034 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag in dimensions one and a half longer than high, purple, surrounded by a white border of height 1/6 of the flag's hoist. In adequate dimensions, the municipal coat of arms, in which or and argent are replaced by yellow and white, respectively. The shield shall be surrounded by a yellow fimbriation.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Purple, a tower or terraced of the same masoned sable port and windows azure, 2. Argent a semy of grapevines vert. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

Purpure alludes to the local stone quarry. The tower represents the Rifle's Tower (Escopeta), once part of an iron forge. The grapevines symbolize agriculture as the main source of income and most traditional crop in the municipality.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 3 August 2009