Last modified: 2010-03-20 by eugene ipavec
Keywords: nívar | pomegranate | castle (red) | cross: latin (gold) | waves: 7 (blue-white) | crown: royal (closed) |
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image by Wikipedia User:Nivero and Ivan Sache, 22 Jul 2009
The municipality of Nívar (869 inhabitants in 2008; 1,100 ha) is located in the Sierra de la Yedra, at 1,055 m asl, 15 km north of Granada. The "Granada Mirador," with a scenic view on Granada and the Sierra Nevada, is located on the municipal territory of Nívar.
The local tradition says that the name of Nívar is related to the Carthaginian ruler Hannibal; in Moorish times, the place was indeed called Hannibal or Hisn Nibal, "Castle Nibal." Another possible, more probable etymology is related to the Latin name "nivalis," "snowy." In the Moorish times, irrigation allowed the set up of an "alquería" (estate); located near the border with the Kingdom of Castile, the place was protected by a castle built on the Cerro del Castillejo (Small Castle's Hill) spur, locally known as La Peña de Bartolo (Bartolo's Rock). Nívar was fiercely disputed during the reconquest.
Source: Granada Tourism website
Ivan Sache, 22 Jul 2009
The flag and arms of Nívar were approved by the Municipal Council on 7 November 2005 and submitted on 21 November 2005 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed them by Decree on 30 November 2005, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 244 on 16 December 2005.
The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:
Coat of arms: Divided per pale. 1. Argent a castle or in chief a pomegrate proper faceted gules slipped vert in base. 2. Azure a mount argent surmounted with a cross or on waves argent and azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.
Flag: Rectangular panel in proportions 2:3, horizontally divided in two equal stripes, the upper white and the lower red, with the municipal coat of arms overall in the middle of the panel.
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. 244, p. 50, 16 Dec 2005
Ivan Sache, 22 Jul 2009