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La Garrovilla (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of La Garrovilla - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020

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Presentation of La Garrovilla

The municipality of La Garrovilla (2,346 inhabitants in 2019; 3,350 ha) is located 50 km east of Badajoz and 20 km east of Mérida.

La Garrovilla emerged in the 13the century as a hamlet depending on Mérida. Archbishop Bernardo II and Pedro González Mengo, Master of the Order of Saint John, issued in 1255 a charter to re-settle the area newly reconquered from the Moors.
Master Gonzalo Ruiz Girón issued in 1275 a privilege to facilitate the establishment of a new settlement, Algarroba. The town was subsequently renamed to Algarrobillana and, eventually, La Garrovilla.
La Garrovilla was granted the status of villa in 1599, separating from Mérida.

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020

Flag of La Garrovilla

The flag (photos) and arms of La Garrovilla, adopted on 6 November 1987 by the Municipal Council and validated on 10 Junbe 1988 by the Royal Academy of History, are prescribed by an Order issued on 22 June 1988 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 5 July 1988 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 53, pp. 742-743 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, red, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure a dragon or Archangel Saint Michael riding it with armor, sword, shield and helmet argent, 2. Or a carob tree eradicated vert. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The carob tree (algarrobo) makes the arms canting, referring to the town's old name.

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2020