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Mojácar (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Mojácar - Image by Ivan Sache, 5 December 2020

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Presentation of Mojácar

The municipality of Mojácar (6,403 inhabitants in 2019; 7,154 ha; municipal website) is located 90 km north-east of Almería.T he municipality is mostly composed of the town of Mojácar (1,586 inh.), located 2.5 km from the sea, and of Mojácar Playa (Mojácar Beach; 4,959 inh.), the dwellings more recently established along the seashore.

Mojácar was settled from the 6th-7th centuries to the middle 13th century in a place known as Monte Sacrum (Sacred Mount), today Old Mojácar. One of the best preserved Moorish cisterns in the Kingdom of Granada is found near river Aguas.
At the end of the 13th century, the village was relocated to its present-day's site. The old village might have been destroyed by an earthquake or abandoned by its inhabitants in search of a safer place against Christian raids.
In 1488, all Moorish villages of the districts surrendered to the Christians but Mojácar. Alabez, commander of Mojácar, met Captain Garcilaso de la Vega in La Fuente and told him: "I am as Spanish as you and we have been living here for more than seven hundred years. Now you ask us to leave, while I never took arms against Christians. It would be fair to consider us as brothers and not enemies, and to allow us plowing our land. Rather than surrender as a coward, I prefer to die as a Spanish."

Ivan Sache, 5 December 2020

Symbols of Mojácar

The flag of Mojácar was chosen by the local population. Gabinete Heraldico, heraldry and flag specialists, designed three options that were uploaded to the Town Hall’s Facebook page.
The flag is not fully official yet. It still has to be approved by the Directorate General of the Local Administration for registration on the Andalusian Register of Local Entities. The relevant Resolution shall be published in the Andalusian official gazette.

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Rejected proposals - Images by Ivan Sache, 5 December 2020

Proposal No.1.
Diagonally divided yellow-blue from lower hoist to upper fly. The yellow triangle charged with the coat of arms. The green triangle charged with a yellow geometrical figure.
Proposal No. 2. (eventually adopted)
Diagonally divided yellow-blue from lower hoist to upper fly. Charged in the center with the coat of arms.
Proposal No. 3.
Blue with a thin yellow border. Charged in the center with the coat of arms.

Mojácar has no record of flag use. The coat of arms in present-day's use was never officially registered and has been used in several variants.
The tower is a symbol of guard and watch against Moorish raids coming from Africa through the sea.
The key represents the lock that protects from invasions and stops the enemy's advance. Mojácar significantly contributed to the suppression of the Alpujarra revolt.
The sword recalls the fighting between the Muslim and Christian cultures during the Reconquest.
[Diario de Almería, 28 October 2020; Almería 360, 9 November 2020]

Dave Fowler & Ivan Sache, 5 December 2020