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Olmeda de Cobeta (Municipality, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Presentation of Olmeda de Cobeta

The municipality of Olmeda de Cobeta (64 inhabitants in 2018; 3,962 ha) is located 130 km north-east of Guadalajara and 40 km west of Molina de Aragón. The municipality is made of the villages of Olmeda de Cobeta and Santa María de Buenafuente del Sistal.

The Santa María de Buenafuente del Sistal monastery was established by French Cistercian monks after the Christian reconquest of the area by King of Castile Alfonso VIII (1155-1214). The monks erected a Romanesque chapel, of which remains the northern gate, to protect a fountain whose healing properties had been known for ages. In 1243, Sancha Gómez, 3rd lord of Molina de Aragón purchased the domain from his nephew, Infante Alfonso de Molina, son of King of León Alfonso IX, and re-established the monastery for Cistercian nuns; in 1246, the new monastery was settled by nuns coming from the Nuestra Señora de la Gloria monastery in Casbas (Huesca) and planced under the canonical rule of the Santa María de Huerta monastery (Soria).
Close to abandon in the 1970s, the monastery was saved from ruination by Chaplain Ángel Moreno, who raised funds for the restoration of the monastery and the nearby village. Created in 1980, the Buenafuente del Sisal Foundation was presided by Jimena Menéndez Pidal (1901-1990), the daughter of the famous philologist and historian Ramón Menéndez Pidal (1869-1966). Another prominent member of the foundation was the musician Narciso Yepes (1927-1997), who offered several concerts in the monastery; after his death in Murcia, his ashes were spread in the cloister's garden, fulfilling his last will.
[El Heraldo del Henares, 28 January 2018]

Ivan Sache, 7 September 2019

Symbols of Olmeda de Cobeta

The flag and arms of Olmeda de Cobeta are prescribed by an Order issued on 7 September 2016 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 28 September 2016 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 190, p. 21,327 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, composed of three vertical stripes in proportions 1:2:1, the outer stripes, blue, and the central strip, white with a green elm [olmo].
Coat of arms: Argent two elms vert in base wavy azure and argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 7 September 2019