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Flag of Vegas del Genil - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 15 May 2014
The municipality of Vegas del Genil (8,068 inhabitants in 2008; 1,400 ha; municipal website) is located 10 km west of Granada. The municipality was established by Decree No. 243, adopted on 23 January 1976 by the Spanish Government and published on 17 February 1976 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 41, p. 3,312 (text), as the merger of the former municipalities of Ambroz, Belicena and Purchil. The administrative seat of the municipality is Purchil.
The area was settled successively by the Iberians, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Romans, who founded here the estate (villa) of Bellicium (meaning "the place of the battle"). The other estates, of which no archeological remains have been found yet, were transformed in cortijadas and alquerías by the Moors. After the Christian reconquest, Belicena was resettled by Christian colonists while Ambroz and Purchil remained inhabited by Moriscos. After the expelling of the Moriscos in 1570, the three villages were resettled by colonists from Andalusia, Madrid and Zamora. The three modern villages emerged in the 18th century around the biggest estates.
Ivan Sache, 7 August 2009
The flag and arms of Vegas del Genil, adopted on 19 April 2004 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 29 April 2009 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 15 May 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 16 June 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 117, pp. 13,329-13,330 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2:3, divided in three equal vertical stripes; the central stripe white with a pomegranate in its colours in the middle, and the lateral stripes blue with three white horizontal wavy stripes.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a semy of tobacco plants or, in base, wavy argent and azure, 2. Argent a pomegranate proper faceted and slipped. [Crown not mentioned].
Tobacco cultivation is characteristic of the municipality. The waves symbolize river Genil that waters Vega del Genil (lit., the Genil Plains). The pomegranate (granada) is the symbol of the Province of Granada.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]
Ivan Sache, 27 June 2009