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Quéntar (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Quéntar - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 15 May 2014

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Presentation of Quéntar

The municipality of Quéntar (1,070 inhabitants in 2008; 6,649 ha; municipal website) is located 15 km east of Granada.
Archeological remains of the Ibero-Roman period seem to indicate that the place was settled centuries before the building of the Moorish village. In the Nasrid period, the Cora de Elvira was made of 28 districts (isqlim); the district of Dur, named after a village suppressed long ago, included the estate (alquería) of Quariat Quentar (possibly, the Bridge's Estate, referring to a bridge linking the estate to Dur).

Ivan Sache, 24 July 2009

Symbols of Quéntar

The flag and arms of Quéntar, approved on 28 June 2005 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 13 July 2005 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 25 July 2005 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 5 August 2005 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 152, pp. 29-30 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2:3, divided in two equal vertical stripes, sea blue at hoist, the stripe at fly horizontally divided in two equal horizontal stripes, the upper golden yellow and the lower white. In the center of the sea blue stripe is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Or a pomegranate of the same fimbriated sable and fructed gules, 1b. Azure two groups argent in turn of moons and four crosses, 2. Argent a three-arched bridge or fimbriated sable over three waves azure. Beneath the shield a scroll with the writing "Tu serás mi leal amigo" [You shall be my loyal friend]. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The crosses and crescents represent the traditional Moors and Christians' Festivals, intended as a point of union between peoples. The motto, credited to General Cristiano, is also related to the festivals. The pomegranate (granada) represents the history of the municipality, once part of the Cora de Elbira, as well as the Province of Granada. The bridge and the waves refer to river Aguas Blancas.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2009