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Municipality of Aroche (Huelva Province, Andalusia, Spain)

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Introduction

The municipality of Aroche (3,214 inhabitants in 2008; 49,900 ha) is located 130 km north of Huelva.

Aroche is located near the site of the Roman town of Turobriga, founded under Nero (1st century) and abandoned in the 3rd century. Remains of the forum (50 x 40 m), thermae, houses and a possible military esplanade have been excavated. The castle of Aroche was built by the Moors in the 11-12th centuries. Commissioned by the Kings of Portugal, the Knights of the Order of St. John reconquered the town in 1251. In 1267, the Treaty of Badajoz signed by King of Portugal Alfonso III and King of Castile Alfonso X set up river Guadiana as the border between the two kingdoms, so that the fortified towns of Aroche and Aracena were incorporated to Castile. However, the King of Portugal seized in 1293 the towns of Moura, Serpa, Noudar, Aroche and Aracena; the two latter towns were eventually reincorporated to Castile in 1297 by the Treaty of Alcañices. Aroche was severely damaged during the War of Portuguese Restoration (1640-1668), with the suppression of one of the three town gates that support the fortress. A bullring was built inside the walls of the fortress in 1804, therefore one of the oldest in Andalusia. The restoration of the fortress, partially ruined, has started in 2003.

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 19 Jul 2009


Description

The flag of Aroche was approved by the Municipal Council on 31 March 2005 and submitted on 16 June 2005 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed it by Decree on 23 June 2005, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 132 on 8 July 2005.

The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:

Flag in proportions 11 per 18 made of five stripes parallel to each other and to the hoist, the first, third and fifth red and the second and the fourth white; a blue stripe from the upper left to the lower right angle. Centered and overall the local 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 appended to the Decree).

Source: BOJA No. 132, pp. 66-67, 08 Jul 2005

Ivan Sache, 19 Jul 2009


Coat of Arms

The local coat of arms (sic) of Aroche was approved by the Municipal Council and submitted to the General Directorate of Local Administration (no dates given), which confirmed it by Decree on 19 March 2004, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 64 on 1 April 2004.

The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:

[the coat of arms] used following customs since the 15th century with the following description: Coat of arms: Argent with a fimbriation or, a donjon tower proper flanked in its lower body by two lions rampant gules langued and crowned or leaning on itswalls and in its upper body by two escutcheons with a plain [white] field, a fimbriation or and three pallets gules charged with a bend azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown open.

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

Source: BOJA, No. 64, p. 8,034, 01 Apr 2004

Ivan Sache, 09 Aug 2009