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Fuente Vaqueros (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Fuente Vaqueros - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 26 September 2015

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Presentation of Fuente Vaqueros

The municipality of Fuente Vaqueros (4,211 inhabitants in 2007; 1,600 ha; municipal website) is located 20 km west of Granada.
Fuente Vaqueros is the birth place of the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), and is, accordingly, the self-styled "cradle of universal poetry". The poet wrote about Fuente Vaqueros: "In this village I had my first dream of distance. In this town I will be earth and flowers". Lorca's birth house has been transformed into a museum and his birthday is celebrated in the village every 5 June. Lorca is also celebrated every year by two theater festivals (International Festival of Universitary Theater, May; Autumn People's Theater Festival, October).

Ivan Sache, 4 February 2009

Symbols of Fuente Vaqueros

The flag and arms of Fuente Vaqueros, adopted on 29 July 2005 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 10 November 2005 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 22 November 2005 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 5 December 2005 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 237, pp. 43-44 (text).
The flag and arms are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, in proportions 2:3, made of three equal horizontal stripes, the upper red, the lower green and the central white reaching the hoist from 1/6 of the length. Centered over all, the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Vert a sheaf of three wheat spikes or, 1b. Argent a pomegranate proper faceted gules slipped and leaved of two leaves vert, 2. Azure a two-piped fountain or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Wheat is the symbol of agriculture and cattle-breeding. The pomegranate (granada) represents the Kingdom and the town of Granada. The fountain (fuente) represents the water resources.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 17 July 2009