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Villamanta (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Villamanta - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 August 2015

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Presentation of Villamanta

The municipality of Villamanta (2,507 inhabitants in 2014; 6,315 ha; municipal website) is located in the south-west of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castilla-La Mancha (Province of Toledo), 45 km of Madrid.

Villamanta has been identified by some scholars to Mantua Carpetanorum, mentioned by Ptolemy. There is, however, no firm evidence supporting this identification; Mantua Carpetanorum is rather considered to be Talamanca del Jarama or Madrid. The first re-settlers would have corrupted the original name of Mantua to Manta.
Villamanta was granted the status of villa in 1629 by King Philip IV and acquired by the Counts of Miranda. The privilege of behetria, granted in 1644 and confirmed in 1728 by Philip V, gave equal judicial status to the farmers and nobles of the village.

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2015

Symbols of Villamanta

The flag of Villamanta (photos) is prescribed in Article 5 of the Regulations of Organization and Management of the municipality, adopted on 18 March 2009 by the Municipal Council and published on 6 April 2009 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 81, pp. 123-136 (text). The flag does not appear to have been officially approved.
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Made of two lateral stripes, one blue and the other yellow, each covering half of the flag, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Villamanta is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 December 1987 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 18 February 1988 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 41, p. 4 (text), and on 12 March 1988 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 62, p. 7,994 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a two-storeyed aqueduct argent masoned sable on ten rocks argent, 2. Quarterly, 1. and 4. Argent a wolf passant sable, 2. and 3. Azure a fleur-de-lis or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The description of the arms is repeated in Article 4 of the aforementioned Regulations of Organization and Management of the municipality.

Ivan Sache, 4 August 2015