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Montecorto (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Montecorto, two versions - Images from the Símbolos de Málaga website, 24 September 2016

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Presentation of Montecorto

The municipality of Montecorto (649 inhabitants in 2014; 43,805 ha) is located 110 km west of Málaga and 20 km of Ronda, on the border with the Province of Cádiz.

The municipality of Montecorto was established by Decree No. 135, adopted on 30 September 2014 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 17 October 2014 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 203, pp. 8-21 (text).
The Village Council of the submunicipal entity of Montecorto, which had been established by Decree No. 68, adopted on 4 June 2002 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 4 July 2002 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 78, pp. 12,055-12,056 (text), asked on 15 September 2010 the Municipality of Ronda to initiate the process of separation. The request was unanimously accepted on 29 October 2010 by the Municipal Council of Ronda. Unanimously approved on 25 April 2011 by the Village Council, and on 3 May 2011 by the Municipal Council of Ronda, the separation request was approved on 10 August 2012 by the Delegation of the Government of Málaga, on 9 October 2012 by the Provincial Council of Málaga, and on 11 January 2013 by the Andalusian Council of Local Dialogue.

Ivan Sache, 24 September 2016

Symbols of Montecorto

The flag (photo, photo) and arms of Montecorto, adopted on 23 October 2015 by the Municipal Council and submitted on 20 January 2016 to the Directorate General of the Local Administration, are prescribed by a Resolution adopted on 21 January 2016 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 8 February 2016 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 25, p. 41 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, with proportions of 3 units in length on 2 units in width (2:3), that is, one and a half times longer from hoist to fly, horizontally divided in three parallel stripes perpendicular to the hoist, the upper third, celestial blue, the middle, green, and the lower, white. Charged in the center with the crowned coat of arms, whose geometrical axis matches the center of the flag, in height, crown included, one half of the flag's width.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield. Per pale, 1a. Or a dolmen argent masoned sable, 1b. Vert a flint stone axe handled argent masoned sable, 2. Azure a mount ensigned by a castle proper masoned sable surmounted by two eagles of the same. Grafted in base, azure and argent. Inescutcheon a fig purpure masoned sable. A bordure or. The shield surmounted by a Marquis' coronet.

On the flag, blue represents water and the stainless sky over Montecorto. Green represents the pine wood overlooking the village. White is the characteristic colour of the house's facades.
On the arms, the dolmen represents the numerous Prehistoric sites located in the neighborhood. The ruined castle represents the Mulberry's castle, a watch tower of Arab origin (photo). The fig represents the most common and popular fruit in the municipality. The waves represents the profuse water resources that allowed the emergence of the village. The crown and the yoke (not mentioned in the official description) are taken from the arms of Ronda, recalling that Montecorto depended on Ronda for centuries.
[Municipal website]

The symbols, first adopted in 2003 by the Management Committee of the municipality; were prescribed by an Edict (text) signed by the Village Mayor on 10 April 2005.
The coat of arms, still shown on the header of the municipal weskits, had a different arrangement of the charges and colours: "Per pale, Vert a dolmen argent and a pine of the same in pale, 2. Azure a castle or masoned sable surmounted by a yoke of the same. Grafted in base azure and argent a fig purpure. The shield surmounted by a coronet."
The flag also exists with the old version of the coat of arms (photo).

Ivan Sache, 24 September 2016