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Vícar (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Vícar
Left, as prescribed - Image by "MiguelAngel fotografo" (Wikimedia Commons), 7 July 2009
Right, as used - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 October 2012

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Presentation of Vícar

The municipality of Vícar (20,220 inhabitants in 2008; 6,447 ha; municipal website) is located in the south-west of the Almería Province.

Ivan Sache, 18 November 2007

Symbols of Vícar

The flag of Vícar (photo, inauguration), approved on 10 October 2007 by the Municipal Council and submitted the same day to the Directorate General of Local Administration, is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 24 October 2007 by the Directorate General of Local Administration and published on 8 November 2007 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 220, p. 17 (text).
The flag, designed by Miguel Navarro Gámez, using the colours of the coat of arms, is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag in length one and a half the hoist, vertically divided red-green (1:2). On the red stripe is placed the municipal coat of arms bordered in white, in which or and argent are replaced by yellow and white, respectively.

The flag was selected in a public contest open to all citizens of Vícar aged 18 or more. The deadline for submission was 2 May 2006; afterwards, a jury selected three designs submitted to citizen's vote.
The colours of the proposed flag were expected to recall the landscape, geography, history, culture, traditions and values of Vícar. The coat of arms of Vícar was to be considered, too, for the design of the flag.

The coat of arms of Vícar (municipal website) is prescribed by an Order adopted on 9 December 1985 by the Government of Andalusia and 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 coat of arms, designed after a study by Felipe Llopis Plenell, is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure a "building" argent, representing the old fortified manor, since then the local church, 2a. Gules a Latin cross or in base a crescent reversed argent, 2b. Vert a cornucopia or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown.

There are five poles outside the Town Hall. The first pole is fixed upon a solid cube of arenite. The flag is displayed on two sides of the cube, while the coat of arms is displayed on the third side. An inscription, unfortunately partially destroyed, appears on the three sides, as follows:

[1st side] The municipal flag of Vícar was hoisted in this place for the very first time on 1 December 2008 by the Honorable Sir Antonio Bonilla Rodríguez.
[2nd side] The flag of Vícar, as an institutional symbol of the municipality, gathers the very true spirit of the considerations about Vícar, by its colours and design. Thus, the red colour symbolizes the nobleness and vigour of the people of Vícar, who, committed to the permanent struggle for progress, did not scant any effort to fulfill. The green colour symbolizes the abundance of the fields, agriculture and the ability [of people] to overcome.
[3rd field] The most important characteristics of the municipality are represented on the coat of arms of Vícar. In the central, upper half the fortified church, a monument from the 16th century, symbolizing the old age of the municipal institutions of Vícar, is placed upon the blue colour of our sky. The lower half of the shield is divided into two quarters. On the [viewer's] left, on a red field are appearing a cross and a moon crescent, a symbol of the two cultures, Christian and Muslim, benefitting from our soil for a long time in history. On the [viewer's] right, on a green field is the image of the mythological cornucopia, from which are given the riches of our soil and the vegetables.

The flag hoisted in the entrance of the Town Hall has minor differences in the design of the shield. The church in the 1st quarter has an embattled tower and is placed upon bumpy ground. The cornucopia in the 3rd quarter is somehow sinister facing and filled with red fruit.

Ivan Sache & Klaus-Michael Schenider, 14 October 2012