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El Atazar (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of El Atazar - Image by Ivan Sache, 29 June 2015

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Presentation of El Atazar

The municipality of El Atazar (98 inhabitants in 2014; 2,955 ha; municipal website) is located in the north-west of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castilla-La Mancha (Province of Guadalajara), 65 km of Madrid.

El Atazar might have originally been a Moorish camp, reconquerred in 1083 by Alfonso VI, together with the town of Buitrago del Lozoya. The village was mentioned, as Latazar, in Alfonso XI's Libro de la Montería, but the origin and meaning of the name of the village are unknown. On 20 April 1490, Iñigo López de Mendoza granted the municipal status to El Atazar, Puebla de la Sierra and La Hiruela.

Ivan Sache, 29 June 2015

Symbols of El Atazar

The flag (photos) and arms of El Atazar are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 21 May 1998 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 9 July 1998 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 135, p. 23 (text) and on 2 February 1999 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 28, p. 4,735 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular in proportions 2:3. Blue with a white stripe running from the upper hoist to the lower hoist. In the center is placed the crowned coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Barry wavy of 12 pieces argent and azure, 2. Vert a tower argent surrounded by four cistus flowers proper. A bordure or three grapevine leaves vert The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 29 June 2015