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The municipality of Alpujarra de la Sierra (1,163 inhabitants in 2008; 6,900 ha) is located in the Alpujarra mountains, 110 km south-east of Granada. The municipality was formed in 1971 by the merging of the former municipalities of Mecina Bombarón and Yegen.
During the Alpujarra revolt, Diego López Abén Aboo succeeded his brother Abén Humaya in 1568 as the leader of the revolted Moriscos; crowned as Abdalá Abenabó with the same ceremonial as the ancient Moorish kings of Andalusia, he ruled the territory located between Orgiva and Mecina Bombarón. Betrayed by his partisans, Abén Aboo was murdered on 15 March 1571 in a cave dwelling located between Mecina Bombarón and Bérchules.
Yegen has been popularized by the British writer Gerald Brenan (1894-1987). Born in Malta, Brenan stayed in different Andalusian places from 1919 to 1936. His stays in Yegen between 1920 and 1934 were the source of his masterpiece "Al Sur de Granada" (The South of Granada), published in 1951. A supporter of the Spanish Republic, Brenan published other works such as "El laberinto español" (The Spanish Labyrinth, 1943, in which he relates the social and political causes of the Civil War), "La faz actual de España" (The Face of Today's Spain, 1950), and "La literatura del pueblo español" (The Literature of the Spanish People). The Granada-born writer Pedro de Alarcón (1833-1891) wrote "La Alpujarra," his last book, in 1873, in which he gives vivid descriptions of Yegen.
Source: Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 11 Jul 2009
The flag and arms of Alpujarra de la Sierra were approved by the Municipal Council on 15 June 2006 and submitted on 19 June 2006 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed them by Decree on 27 June 2006, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 130 on 7 July 2006.
The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:
Coat of arms: Shield divided per fess the upper half divided per pale. 1. Argent three bends the upper vert the other wavy azure. 2. Argent a mount vert surmounted by a four-pointed star azure. Over 1. and 2. a sword argent charged with a pomegranate proper faceted gules leaved and slipped vert. 3. Vert a single-arched bridge argent masoned sable.*
Flag: Rectangular flag in proportions 2:3, made of two equal vertical stripes, green at hoist and white at fly with a blue wavy diagonal stripe descending from the upper left to the lower right corner of the stripe, flanked by a green rectilinear stripe and a blue wavy stripe.
*The description of the crown, here the Royal Spanish crown closed, is omitted in the original text.
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 apprended to the Decree).
Source: BOJA No. 130, pp. 45, 07 Jul 2006
Ivan Sache, 11 Jul 2009