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Flag of Almendral de la Cañada - Image by Ivan Sache, 8 September 2019
The municipality of Almendral de la Cañada (305 inhabitants in 2018;
3,363 ha; municipal website) is located on the border with the Province of Ávila (Castilla
y León), 90 km north-west of Toledo and 40 km north of Talavera de la Reina.
Almendral de la Cañada was once known as Almendralejo, and, until 1916, Alemndral de Arriba. "de la Cañada" refers to the Royal Transhumance Road (Cañada Real) that crosses the southern part of the municipality.
Almendral was first documented in 1337 in a document reporting the
building that year of the Almendro tower on the ruins of a Muslim tower,
itself based on Roman foundations. This might have been the tower of the cemetery's old church (now ruined) or a tower built in the place known as Torrejón. Almendralejo is listed in a document dated 1420 as a hamlet of Navamorcuende and a favorite place of hunting of King Peter I.
In April 1420, Juanja, aged 12, reported to her father the apparition of saints' relics in a holy oak wood; not convinced, the villagers visited the wood, where they actuellly found 16 relics. The miracle was certified by the notar of Navamorcuende, the king's notary of La Adrada, the lord of Navamorcuende and Castillo de Bayuela, and the priest and the mayor of the place. The tradition says that Peter I, who did not believe the girl, threatened her with her dagger but immediatly got his hand paralyzed. The miracle would explain why the king's last will (historically disputed) includes a donation of 200 golden coins to the Saint Savior church, near Navamorcuende.
Ivan Sache, 8 September 2019
The flag of Almendral de la Cañada is prescribed by an Order issued on
18 May 1992 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 22
May 1992 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 38, p. 2,123 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: RRectangular, in proportions 3:5, horizontally divided in two parts of equal width, the upper, green, and the lower, yellow, with a blue triangle running from the hoist to the flag's center. On this triangle is placed the coat of arms of the municipality, crowned.
The coat of arms of Almendral de la Cañada is prescribed by an Order
issued on 2 May 1990 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and
published on 9 May 1990 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha,
No. 31, p. 1,168 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Spanish shield. Per pale, 1. Vert a tower or, 2. Or six roundels azure. Grafted in base, Azure an almond tree [almendro] flowered argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
Ivan Sache, 8 September 2019