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image by Wikipedia User:JulioMuñoz, 24 Jul 2009
The municipality of Quéntar (1,070 inhabitants in 2008) is located 15 km east of Granada.
Archeological remains of the Ibero-Roman period seem to indicate that the place was settled centuries before the building of the Moorish village. In the Nasrid period, the Cora de Elvira was made of 28 districts (isqlim); the district of Dur, named after a village suppressed long ago, included the estate (alquería) of Quariat Quentar (possibly, the Bridge's Estate, referring to a bridge linking the estate to Dur).
The flag and arms of Quéntar were approved by the Municipal Council on 28 June 2005 and submitted on 13 July 2005 to the General Directorate of Local Administration, which confirmed them by Decree on 25 July 2005, published in the Andalusian official gazette (Boletín Oficial de la Junta de Andalucía, BOJA) No. 152 on 5 August 2005.
The relevant parts of the Decree are the following:
Coat of arms: Divided per fess the upper part divided per pale. 1. Or a pomegranate of the same fimbriated sable and fructed gules. 2. Azure two groups argent in turn of moons and four crosses. 3. Argent a three-arched bridge or fimbriated sable over three waves azure. Under the shield a scroll with the writing "Tu serás mi leal amigo" [You shall be my loyal friend]. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.
Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2/3, divided in two equal vertical stripes, sea blue at hoist, the stripe at fly horizontally divided in two equal horizontal stripes, the upper golden yellow and the lower white. In the middle of the sea blue stripe is placed the municipal coat of arms.
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. 152, pp. 29-30, 05 Aug 2005
Ivan Sache, 24 Jul 2009
The coat of arms is shown on the Quéntar unofficial website. The pomegranate represents the Kingdom of Granada. The crescent and the crosses represent the crossroads of the Christian and Moorish cultures, recalled by the motto of the village calling for mutual respect. The bridge is canting for the Arabic origin of the name of the village.
Ivan Sache, 24 Jul 2009