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Flag of El Valle de Altomira - Image by Ivan Sache, 6 September 2019
The municipality of El Valle de Altomira (257 inhabitants in 2014; 14,709 ha) is located 70 km north-west of Cuenca, on the border with the Province of Guadalajara.
The municipality of Puebla de Don Francisco was established by Decree
No. 2,356, adopted on 16 July 1970 by the Spanish government and
published on 25 August 1970 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 203, p.
13,586 (text), as the "volunteer merger" of the three former municipalities of
Garcinarro (new municipal seat), Jabalera and Mazarulleque.
The municipality was renamed to El Valle de Altomira by a Decree adopted on 27 April 2010 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 12 July 2010 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 168, p. 61,373. (text). The municipality was renamed for its geographical location, replacing its former name alluding to Francisco Ruiz-Jarabo y Baquero, Minister of Justice during the Francoist regime (1973-1975), who was born in Garcinarro. The name change, unanimously adopted on 28 January 2010 by the Municipal Council (PSOE, PP and independent councillors), was approved by the Royal Geographic Society.
Ivan Sache, 6 September 2019
The flag of El Valle de Altomira is prescribed by an Order issued on 25
March 2008 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 4
April 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 71, pp.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, made of three equal vertical stripes, blue at hoist, white in the center, and green at fly.
The coat of arms of El Valle de Altomira is prescribed by a Decree
issued on 25 March 2008 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and
published on 4 April 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha,
No. 71, p. 10,858 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure a pillory argent, 2. Argent a church gules, 3. Vert a castle argent masoned sable. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown close.
The Royal Academy of History rejected the proposed arms, esthetically
flawed. The placement of the three charges on the same horizontal line
is unbalanced, leaving too much empty space in the shield's chief and
base. The simplest correction requires the removal pf the church, which,
moreover, lacks a graphical standard validated by the tradition and
acknowledgeable by all. The representations of the pillory and of the
castle should be enlarged as much as possible. The Academy recalls "once
more" that the crown should not be labelled "a Royal crown closed" -
such crowns, of different designs, are used in England, Bulgaria,
Hungary and many other countries -, but the Royal Spanish crown, whose
graphical representation is, conveniently, prescribed by Law.
Ivan Sache, 6 September 2019