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Municipality of Monachil (Granada Province, Andalusia, Spain)

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[Municipality of Monachil (Granada Province, Andalusia, Spain)] 2:3
image by Ivan Sache and Wikipedia User:Monachil, 27 Jun 2009
N.B.: reconstructed image, no original seen

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The municipality of Monachil (6,644 inhabitants in 2008; 9,013 ha) is located 10 km south-east of Granada.

Once a rural village, mostly known for the Church of Incarnation, built on 1501 over a former mosque and housing an altarpiece from the 16th century, Monachil is now world famous due to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, totally located on its municipal territory.

At the end of the 19th century, Ángel Ganivet, Spanish Consul in Helsinki, aired the project of creating an "Andalusian Finland" in Sierra Nevada. founded in 1898, the "Diez Amigos Limited" was renamed in 1912 the "Sierra Nevada Society," promoting the development of mountain sports and the building of mountain hotels. However, the creation of a modern ski resort started only in 1964. On 12-25 February 1996, the Sierra Nevada resort hosted the World Alpine Skiing Championship; scheduled to 1995, the competition was postponed due to lack of snow. Among the winners were famous champions of the time, for instance Deborah Compagnoni, Pernilla Wiberg, Marc Girardelli and Alberto Tomba.

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 27 Jun 2009


The flag and arms of Monachil were approved by the Municipal Council on 25 February 2008 and submitted on 3 April 2009 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed them by Decree on 21 April 2009, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 86 on 7 May 2009.

The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:

Coat of arms: Spanish shield, divided per fess. 1. Azure a mount argent; 2. Argent five pomegranates proper faceted gules slipped and leaved vert placed 3 and 2. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown closed.

Flag: In proportions 3:2 (length to hoist), horizontally divided in three stripes of equal height, from top to bottom, blue, white and green. In the middle, the municipal coat of arms.

The symbols should be registered on the Andalusian Register of Local Entities, with their official written description and graphics (as originally submitted, but unfortunately not apprended to the Decree).

Source: BOJA, No. 86, p. 32, 07 May 2009

Ivan Sache, 27 Jun 2009

Coat of Arms

A small image of the coat of arms of Monachil is shown on Wikipedia, credited to "Monachil."

Ivan Sache, 27 Jun 2009