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Paterna del Río (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Paterna del Río - Image from the Símbolos de Almería website, 6 September 2015

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Presentation of Paterna del Río

The municipality of Paterna del Río (411 inhabitants in 2014; 4,500 ha) is located in the Alpujarra mountains, on the border with the Province of Granada, 70 km north-west of Almería.

Ivan Sache, 6 September 2015

Symbols of Paterna del Río

The flag and arms of Paterna del Río, adopted on 21 February 2015 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 4 March 2015 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 12 March 2015 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 March 2015 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 55, p. 78 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, with a proportion of 25 units in length on 15 units in width [3:5), with a yellow and gules red background, the colours arranged in turn in four fields, or quarters, separated by a double stripe argent crossing orthogonally at the left the composition of the flag. The official coat of arms of Paterna del Río is centered on the left at the intersection of the double stripe argent, its size being 20% of the flag's total length.
The arrangement of the stripes argent and their crossing is made as follows. In the vertical dimension, it is placed at the midpoint of the flag's width. In the horizontal dimension, it is placed on the left, at 1/3 of the total length.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield with a single quarter. Azure four pomegranates or in chief (three in the upper part and on, lower, centered) in base fesses wavy argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The elements featured on the coat of arms recall the traditional history of the municipality, its rich Muslim past and the space inhabited by the population. The four pomegranates refer to the historical organization of Paterna, presented in the oldest known documents as Las Paternas, here the four hamlets of Haratalbolote, Haratalguacil, Haratalbenmuza and Guarros. The Nasrid organization was maintained after the Christian reconquest, with a change in the names of the places: Barrio de los Castillos, Fuente Castaño, Guarros and Barrio de la Plaza. The waves represent river Paterna, the municipality's most important natural resource and namesake.
[Símbolos de Almería website]

Ivan Sache, 6 September 2015