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Aldea del Fresno (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Aldea del Fresno - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 June 2015

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Presentation of Aldea del Fresno

The municipality of Aldea del Fresno (2,528 inhabitants in 2014; 5,178 ha; municipal website) is located in the south-west of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castilla-La Mancha (Province of Toledo), 50 km of Madrid.

Aldea del Fresno is of unknown exact origin. The village was probably founded before the 12th century by the Moors and subsequently reconquerred by the Christian knights from Segovia. The municipal territory included the villa of Tozara, sold by King Alfonso VIII to the Council of Segovia in 1208 and disappeared long ago. Aldea del Fresno was acquired in 1627 by Catalina de Mendoza; the next owner of the village was the Marchioness of La Fresneda, Viscountess of El Fresno.
Aldea del Fresno is the birth place of His Grace Braulio Rodríguez Plaza (b. 1944), Bishop of Osma-Soria (1987), Salamanca (1995), and Archbishop of Valladolid (2002), currently Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain (2009).

Ivan Sache, 28 June 2015

Symbols of Aldea del Fresno

The flag of Aldea del Fresno (photo, photo) is horizontally divided blue-green. In the center of the flag is placed a red square charged with a white star inscribing the municipal coat of arms.

The flag was selected in a public contest organized in 1997, which yielded 12 entries. The winning design was submitted by Fernando Agudo, the parish priest.
Blue represents the sky while green represents the mountains dominating the municipality.
The red square is a symbol of perfection, red being the colour of the Community of Madrid.

The flag, unveiled in July 1997, does not appear to have been officially approved. Neither was the coat of arms, seemingly.
[El Pais, 6 July 1997]

Ivan Sache, 28 June 2015