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El Guijo (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of El Guijo - Image by "Américo Toledano" (Wikimedia Commons), 4 August 2009

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Presentation of El Guijo

The municipality of El Guijo (408 inhabitants in 2008; 6,728 ha; municipal website) is located in the valley of Los Pedroches, 100 km north of Córdoba, on the borders with Extremadura and Castile-La Manca.
El Guijo emerged in the 14th century as a hamlet of Pedroche. All the villages of the valley were granted to the Marquis of El Carpio in the late 16th century and retroceded to the Kingdom of Spain in 1747.

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2009

Symbols of El Guijo

The flag and arms of El Guijo, adopted on 18 February 2004 by the Municipal Council, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 October 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 28 April 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 82, pp. 10,215-10,216 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel, with proportions 2:3, vertically divided in two parts: the first closer to the hoist, blue, twice higher than longer, the second yellow; the latter stripe charged in the center with the crowned coat of arms of the town of El Guijo.
Coat of arms: Quarterly per saltire, 1. and 3. Or a bull sable, 2. Or three fesses azure, and 4. Gules a castle or. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown or.

The bulls symbolize the wealth of the municipality, based on cattle-breeding. The fesses azure and the castle come from the arms of the Marquis of La Guardia, lords of El Guijo.
[Símbolos de las Entidades Locales de Andalucía. Córdoba (PDF file)]

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2009