Arms of Almería, Spain (province)

Blazon: Party of nine; I gules a tower argent (Berja); II azure a garb bendwise sinister or (Canjáyar); III or issuant from the sea in base barry wavy azure and argent, three nettles sprouting from as many mounts proper (Cuevas de Almanzora); IV lozengy gules and argent, a ruined tower or (Gergar); V azure a tower or, in chief a key fesswise argent (Huércal-Overa); VI azure on the dexter a tower or, on the sinister a key palewise argent (Purchena); VII gules a key in chief palewise between two towers argent (Purchena); VIII Marquisate of Vélez (no identifiable differences from Cuevas de Almanzora); IX argent a lion rampant gules, armed and langued sable (Sorbas); overall in the fess point an escutcheon argent a cross gules (Almería) within a bordure compony of gules a castle triple-towered or, windowed azure (Castile), argent a lion rampant gules, crowned or (León), or four palets gules (Aragon), argent an eagle displayed sable (Navarre ancien) and argent a pomegranate proper seeded gules, slipped and leaved vert (Granada)


The expulsion of the Moors and the conquest of Granada by Ferdinand was the reason why Catherine of Arragon bore three pomegranates on a shield surmounted by a crown, which was the badge of Grenada [the pomegranate]. -She was the daughter of Ferdinand.

From Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry by Susannah Dawson Dobson, p127