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Arroyomolinos (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of Arroyomolinos - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 March 2020

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Presentation of Arroyomolinos

The municipality of Arroyomolinos (808 inhabitants in 2016, 11,512 ha; municipal website) is located 50 km southeast of Cáceres, on the border with the Province of Badajoz.

Arroyomolinos was the site of two prehistoric fortified camps, located on Morta del Pajar and La Herrumbrosa, respectively. Several Roman remains were found on the municipal territory, especially in Santa Marina, once a Christian chapel. A military building was also found in Los Castillejos. The Romans established the watermills for which the village was subsequently named (lit. the Mills' Stream).
The Muslims established another series of mills and a network of small defensive towers all around the village.

After the Christian reconquest, Arroyomolinos was formally organized in 1228 by Rodrigo Iñiguez, Commander of Montánchez, on behalf of King of León Alfonso IX. The first resettlers were Galicians and Asturians. Arroyomolinos was granted the status of villa in 1236 by the Order of St. James.

Ivan Sache, 19 March 2020

Flag of Arroyomolinos

The flag and arms of Arroyomolinos, adopted on 7 May 1991 and 12 November 1992 by the Municipal Council and validated on 28 January and 24 November 1992 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 2 March 1993 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 18 March 1993 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 33, pp. 810-811 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3. Made of a red panel charged with a blue triangle placed along the hoist and reaching the center of the fly. Charged with the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Gules a bend sinister wavy azure fimbriated argent superimposed by a mill of the same, 1b. Argent a cross of St. James gules, 2. Or a figtree vert. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 19 March 2020