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Almendros (Municipality, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Presentation of Almendros

The municipality of Almendros (394 inhabitants in 2018; 6,290 ha) is located 90 km west of Cuenca.

Ivan Sache, 10 June 2019

Symbols of Almendros

The flag and arms of Almendros are prescribed by Decree No. 25, issued on 8 March 1988 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 15 March 1988 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 11, p. 599 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Panel vertically divided in the middle, green and white with an almond tree. The reverse is charged in the center with the coat of arms of the municipality.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Or a Latin cross sable standing on three steps surmounted by the anagram of Our Lady in letters azure, 2. Argent two almond trees vert in pale. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy approved the proposed symbols, suggesting some modifications.
The arms, already used in a non-heraldic design and inadequately surmounted by a helmet, recall that Almendros belonged to the Order of Saint James and that the Holy Cross is the patron saint of the parish church. The Academy recommended to change the steps' color from gules to sable and to remove the five roundels argent placed on the cross, for the sake of clarity.
The flag is based on the canting arms (almendros, "almond trees"). The Academy recommended to suppress the second, white almond tree from the white field.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia 185:1, 182. 1988]

Ivan Sache, 10 June 2019