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Las Gallardos (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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

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Presentation of Las Gallardos

The municipality of Las Gallardos (2,848 inhabitants in 2013; 3,510 ha; municipal website) is located in the upper valley of river Andarax, 35 km north-east of Almería.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 October 2012

Symbols of Las Gallardos

The flag and arms of Las Gallardos, adopted on 14 July 1992 by the Municipal Council and validated on 21 January 1994 by the Royal Academy of History, are prescribed by Decree No. 131, adopted on 7 June 1994 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 4 August 1994 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 122, p. 9,721 (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 symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag in proportions 1:2, purple with three yellow fleurs-de-lis placed horizontally in the middle.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Purpure three fleurs-de-lis or per fess, 1b. Gules a fess or, 2. Argent a hammer sable and a branch of olive vert crossed per saltire. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The three fleurs-de-lis allude to the war acts of Pedro Gallardo, commander of a regiment in the service of the Infant of Naples, who also intervened in the war against the Moriscos. The red and yellow stripes come from the coat of arms of the Gallardo family, believed to be the first settlers of the place. The olive branch and the hammer are the symbols of the main agricultural resource and of the mining past, respectively.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 23 October 2012