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La Roca de la Sierra (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of La Roca de la Sierra - Image by Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020

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Presentation of La Roca de la Sierra

The municipality of La Roca de la Sierra (1,464 inhabitants in 2019; 10,960 ha) is located 40 km north-east of Badajoz and 30 km north of Montijo.

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020

Flag of La Roca de la Sierra

The flag and arms of La Roca de la Sierra, adopted on 5 June 1998 and 5 February 1999 by the Municipal Council and validated on 5 October and 16 November 1999 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 22 December 1999 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 18 January 2000 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 6, pp. 505-506 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3. Vertically divided in the middle, white at hoist and blue at fly. Charged in the center with the coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Azure a bridge argent over a wave of the same, 2. Argent six pieces vair a bordure gules eight saltires or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The first quarter features the three-arched medieval bridge of La Roca de la Sierra.
The second quarter features the canting arms of the Vera lineage, referring here to the diplomat, writer and historian Juan Antonio de Vera y Figueroa Ávila y Zúñ:iga (1583-1658), Count of La Roca.
A familiar of the Seville circles, where he met the Count Duke of Olivares and Lope de Vega, who dedicated him the poem El peregrino en su patria (1604), Juan Antonio published El Ambajador, a vademecum for aristocratic diplomats. Published in Seville in 1620, the book was translated into French in 1635 and into Italian in 1646. Juan Antonio was made Knight of the Order of Saint James in 1613. Invited to Madrid in 1621 by Olivares to teach young diplomats, he published Epítome de la vida y hechos del invicto emperador Carlos V (1617); he was subsequently appointed ambassador in Venice, Rome and Savoy, and erected Count of La Roca with Olivares' support.
In 1625, he acquired the village of Puebla de Manzanete, which he renamed to La Roca de la Sierra to match his title.
[Historia y Genealogía, 20 December 2008]

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2020