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Benizalón (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Benizalón - Image from the Símbolos de Almería website, 9 May 2014

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Presentation of Benizalón

The municipality of Benizalón (293 inhabitants in 2008; 3,200 ha) is located in the Sierra de los Filabres, 60 km north-east of Almería.
Most historical sources on Benizalón date from later than the Alpujarra Revolt and the expelling of the Moriscos. Benizalón, together with the villages of Alcudia de Monteagud, Tahal, Lucainena de las Torres and a few more located today in the Province of Granada, formed the "Estado de Tahalá", owned by Enrique Enríquez de Guzmán, subsequently transferred to the Marquis of Aguilafuente.

Ivan Sache, 17 July 2009

Symbols of Benizalón

The flag and arms of Benizalón, approved on 26 April 2005 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 4 May 2005 to the Directorate General of Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 2 June 2005 by the Directorate General of Local Administration and published on 25 January 2005 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 106, p. 37 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Panel in proportions 2:3, divided in two equal horizontal stripes. The upper stripe itself divided in two vertical stripes, red at fly and white at hoist. The lower stripe blue with a green triangle reaching the center of the flag. Overall, centered, the coat of arms of the municipality.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shape. Per fess 1a. Argent, 1b. Gules, overall a wall gate countercoloured: the one gules, of Christian origin, surmounted by a cross of the same and the other argent, of Arab origin, with the cupola surmonting the tower partially ruined; 2. Azure a mount vert flanked sinister by a star or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The red castle represents one of the four most important fortresses of the municipality, known as castillico. The cross stands for the mission cross erected on a hill norh-east of the municipality. The white castle represents the fortress of Benimina (Belemina), an important settlement nucleus during the feudal rule of the Enríquez. The mount stands for the hill of Montahur (Montagud), surmounted by a Muslim-Spanish fortress. The star represents the light that appears at dawn over the hill.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Almería (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 21 July 2009