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Chimeneas (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Chimeneas - Image from the Símbolos de Granada website, 21 April 2014

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Presentation of Chimeneas

The municipality of Chimeneas (1,446 inhabitants in 2013; 9,033 ha; municipal website) is located in the region of Huéscar, 30 km south-east of Granada. The municipality is made of the villages of Chimeneas and Castillo de Tajarja (390 inh.).

Chimeneas emerged as the Nasrid fortified village (alquería) of Dullar. The village of Chimeneas was mentioned for the first time in the 16th century; the tradition says that the place was known as Cortixo de la Chimeneas, refering to the chimneys (chimeneas) of the village's huts used by the travellers as a point of reference. Yet another tradition says that Queen Isabel the Catholic stayed in a house of Chimeneas short before entering Granada.
Castillo de Tajarja, located 5 km of Chimeneas, was built around a castle (castillo), seized in June 1483 by Ferdinand the Catholic. Until the 1960s, the village counted some 3,500 inhabitants, most of them living in cave dwellings located in the surrounding gorges. Emigration to Catalonia caused the abandon of the caves and a dramatic decrease of the population.
A significant part of the inhabitants of the municipality lived in scattered estates. La Zahora, located between Castillo de Tajarja and Cacín, was inhabited in the 1960s by 60 families; the parish priest moved there once a week to celebrate the mass.

Ivan Sache, 21 April 2014

Symbols of Chimeneas

The flag and arms of Chimeneas, adopted on 26 June 2000 by the Municipal Council and validated on 14 December 2000 by the Royal Academy of Córdoba, are prescribed by Decree No. 155, adopted on 26 June 2001 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 19 July 2001 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 82, pp. 12,312-12,313 (text). This was confirmed by a Decree adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, gyronny at hoist, in proportions 2:3. The central triangle green, chaged with a white castle masoned and port and windows in black, with three towers, the central higher. The rest of the flag, yellow.
Coat of arms: Vert a castle argent masoned and ports and windows sable chaussé or dexter a garb of three spikes vert sinister a branch of olive of the same. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The castle argent on a background vert - the Andalusian colours - represents the former castle of Castillo de Tajarja. The wheat spikes and the branch of olive, vert on a background or - the Andalusian colours -, represent the agricutlural resources of the municipality.

Ivan Sache, 21 April 2014