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Rubite (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Rubite - Image by "Nethunter" (Wikimedia Commons), 19 July 2009

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Presentation of Rubite

The municipality of Rubite (439 inhabitants in 2008; 2,852 ha; municipal website) is located part in the Alpujarra Mountains and part on the Costa Tropical (therefore its nickname of "Alpujarra Balcony on the Sea"), 80 km south of Granada.
The name of Rubite comes from a Mozarab word meaning "wild blackberry". In the Nasrid period (13-15th centuries), Rubite was part of the Tahas of Sahuk and Suhayl, renamed after the Christian reconquest Greater and Smaller Cehel, respectively. The village was transferred in the 18th century to the Count of Cifuentes.

Ivan Sache, 19 July 2009

Symbols of Rubite

The flag and arms of Rubite, approved on 21 July 2004 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 30 March 2005 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 18 April 2005 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 6 May 2005 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 87, p. 44 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, made of a white diagonal stripe from the lower angle at hoist to the upper angle at fly, of 1/12 the hoist, forming a green triangle at hoist and a blue one at fly.
Coat of arms: Argent a branch of blackberry leaved vert and fructed gules and a bunch of grapes vert, placed per fess, a chief serrated vert, a base per fess wavy azure The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The blackberry recalls the etymology of Rubite, from Latin rubus - rubitum, via Mozarab. Grapevine has been the main crop in the municipality since the 19th century. The waves refer to the increase of the village's territory to the sea in the 18th century, as a dependency of Fregenite.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Granada (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 19 July 2009