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Monachil (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Monachil - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 20 May 2014

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Presentation of Monachil

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

Once a rural village, mostly known for the Church of the Incarnation, built in 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 the lack of snow. Among the winners were famous champions of the time, for instance Deborah Compagnoni, Pernilla Wiberg, Marc Girardelli and Alberto Tomba.

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2009

Symbols of Monachil

The flag (photo) and arms of Monachil, approved on 25 February 2009 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 3 April 2009 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 21 April 2009 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 7 May 2009 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 86, p. 32 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

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.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shape. 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.

The mount represent Mt. Veleta. The pomegranates (granada) allude to the historical and administrative link of Monachil with the Kingdom of Granada.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2009