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Valdeavero (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

Last modified: 2016-06-04 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Valdeavero

The municipality of Valdeavero (1,475 inhabitants in 2014; 1,879 ha; municipal website) is located in the east of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castilla-La Mancha (Province of Guadlajara), 50 km of Madrid.

Valdeavero was settled in the Roman times, as evidenced by a funerary stone dated back to the 2nd century. The village is said to have been founded by the Moors as a farm depending of Alcolea de Torote. After the Christian reconquest, Alfonso VI transferred Alcolea and its dependencies to Count García Ordoñez. In 1174, Countess Ermesenda sold half of Alcolea to the monastery of La Vid, which swapped it on 5 March 1311 with the monastery of Santa Clara de Guadalajara, this being the first written occurrence of the name of the village. The Archbishop of Toledo took over Valdeavero on 3 June 1323.
Valdeavero was granted the status of villa in the 16th century, separating from Alcolea. Acquired in 1715 by the Marquis of Campoflorido, Valdeavero was sold in 1724 by his widow to Nicolás Fernández de Córdoba, 10th Duke of Medinaceli. The domain being much less profitable than expected, the dukes sold it in 1774 to Martín de Martiarena. Valdeavero was eventually acquired in 1861 from the Count of Cimera by Antonio de Hompanera y Enríquez.
Valdeavero was transferred in 1833 from the Province of Guadalajara to the Province of Madrid.

Ivan Sache, 30 July 2015

Symbols of Valdeavero

The flag of Valdeavero (photos, photo) is crimson red with the municipal coat of arms in the middle. The symbols do not appear to have been officially approved.

The Royal Academy of History rejected the proposed coat of arms, which features the realistic representation of a pinnacle crowned by a stork's nest. It is suggested to keep only the stork, in its traditional heraldic representation. The design of the three spikes should be improved, being excessively realistic and requiring schematization, in compliance with "good style". The modified arms would be "Per pale, 1. Vert three spikes or, 2. Azure a stork argent. The shield surmounted with the Spanish Royal crown."
The Academy validated the "acceptable" flag, provided the coat of arms is amended as recommended.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2001, 198:3, 567]

Ivan Sache, 30 July 2015