The Partido de San Antonio de Areco is located at 178 Km from the city of La Plata, capital of the province. It is 858 Km2 and it had a total population of 21,333 inhabitants in the last census (2001). Its main economical activities are agriculture and stockbreeding. Francisco Gregoric, 10 Apr 2008
A white flag with the municipal coat of arms at center and the name of the district Francisco Gregoric, 26 Feb 2006
The municipal coat of arms, shown in the middle of the flag, is described on an unofficial website of San Antonio de Areco.
The coat of arms of San Antonio de Areco was designed by the Heraldic College of Argentina upon request of Mayor Enrique O. Amondaray. The
College released on 27 February 1979 the following blason:
"De gules y una flor de lis de oro, partido de plata con otra gules y,
en punta, una tercera del uno al otro. Cargado de un franco cuartel de
oro con una guadaña de sable. Como timbre trae una corona mural de
cuatro torres a la vista, de oro, mazonada de sable y aclarada de
azul. Rodeado de una rastra de flor de cardo, de plata, a guisa de
collar, que lleva pendiente una cruz de gules, de San Antonio."
Per pale gules a fleur-delis or and argent a fleur-de-lis gules, a
fleur-de-lis countercoloured in point, a canton or a scythe sable. The
shield surmonted by a mural crown of four towers or masoned sable port
and windows azure*. The shield surrounded by a string of thistle
flowers argent forming a collar and bearing a St. Anthony cross gules.
The coat of arms belonged to the family of General José Ruiz de
Arellano, who founded the first settlement and chapel on his private
lands. The scythe recalls the first cattle brand registered by the
administration of Buenos Aires in 1589, a very ancient symbol of the
place, once used by the silversmiths as their stamp and today by the
Gaucho Musem and Creole Park Ricardo Güiraldes**. The mural crown
recalls that San Antonio Areco has the rank of town. The thistle
flower string recalls a local tradition, while the cross*** honours
St. Anthony, the patron saint of the town.
* but shown gules on the image of the coat of arms
** the scythe-shaped brand is shown on the top of the museum website
*** not the tau cross usually assigned to St. Anthony