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Malpartida de Cáceres (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Presentation of Malpartida de Cáceres

The municipality of Malpartida de Cáceres (4,122 inhabitants in 2019; 3,373 ha; municipal website) is located 10 km south-west of Cáceres.

Malpartida de Cáceres was already settled in the Paleolithic, as evidenced by the archeoloicla sites of Vendimia and Regato del Lugar. Around 3000 BC, a settlement was established in Los Barruecos, which yielded 47 sites with schematic rock engravings and paintings. A pre-Roman necropolis and bronze ex-votos dedicated to goddess Adaegina by the Vettones were also found, as well as the ruins of a Roman villa.

The modern settlement was probably established at the end of the 13th century during the re-settlement of the area in the aftermath of the Christian reconquest, on remains of Arab dwellings.
Still a hamlet depending on Cáceres at the end of the 18th century, Malpartida was close to suppression after the War of Independence.
Malpartida de Cáceres, separated from Cáceres in 1833, florished in the 19th century due to industrialization and the establishment of the railway station of Arroyo-Malpartida, which became a new source of employement.

Malpartida de Cáceres is one of the 15 members of the European Stork Villages Network. Stork colonies thrive in the historical center and in the Los Barruecos natural monument. The town has ben organizing the Stork's Week every year since 1990.

Ivan Sache, 21 March 2020

Flag of Malpartida de Cáceres

The flag (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) and arms of Malpartida de Cáceres, adopted on 14 July 1987 by the Municipal Council and validated on 24 June 1988 aby the Royal Academy of History, are prescribed by an Order issued on 18 July 1988 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 26 July 1988 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 59, p. 908 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular. Blue. Charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Gules a castle or maseond sable port and windows azure the central tower ensigned by a lion rampant purpure fimbriated argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History found "no objection" to the proposed symbols. The arms have been used for more than one century.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia. 185:2, 402. 1988]

Ivan Sache, 21 March 2020