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San Bartolomé de la Torre (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of San Bartolomé de la Torre - Image from the Símbolos de Huelva website, 5 September 2016


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Presentation of San Bartolomé de la Torre

The municipality of San Bartolomé de la Torre ((3,608 inhabitants in 2015; 5,661 ha; municipal website) is located 30 km north of Huelva.

San Bartolomé de la Torre was established in 1589, as part of the Marquisate of Gibraleón. The original charter is kept in the Municipal Archives of Gibraleón. The town is named for its patron saint, St. Bartholomew, and an old tower (torre), whose ruins still stand on a small hill (128 m asl) located c. 700 m from the downtown. Probably erected at the end of the 13th century during a period of troubles, the quadrangular, single-gated tower watched the Portuguese border and the roads connecting the mining areas to the coast.

Ivan Sache, 5 September 2016


Symbols of San Bartolomé de la Torre

The flag of San Bartolomé de la Torre, adopted on 6 August 1998 by the Municipal Council and validated on 17 December 1998 by the Royal Academy of Córdoba, is prescribed by Decree No. 38, adopted on 23 February 1999 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 18 March 1999 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 33, p. 3,299 (text). This was confirmed by a Resolution adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 11 x 18, blood red with a grass green triangle placed along the hoist and reaching the fly's midpoint. Charged in the center with the coat of arms of the place..

The coat of arms of San Bartolomé de la Torre is prescribed by an Order adopted on 2 July 1985 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 16 July 1985 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 71, p. 1,909 (text). This was confirmed by a Resolution adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Argent a bend sable orled with a chain or, 2. Gules a tower or on a base vert surrounded dexter by a tree of the same and sinister by a sword argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History validated the proposed arms, which were aimed at highlighting "the glory and virtues of our forerunners". The 1st quarter features the arms of the Zúñiga, Marquis of Gibraleón. The 2nd quarter is taken form a seal used by the municipality in the late 19th century.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia 1985, 182:2, 369-370]

Ivan Sache, 5 September 2016