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Herrera de Alcántara (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of Herrera de Alcántara - Image by Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020

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Presentation of Herrera de Alcántara

he municipality of Herrera de Alcántara (253 inhabitants in 2019; 12,181 ha; municipal website) is located on the border with Portugal, 100 km west of Cáceres.

Herrera de Alcántara, part of the region located between Alcántara and Valencia de Alcántara, was assaulted by the Christians starting in 1167, to be definitively reconquered in 1220.
The Commandery of Herrera, first mentioned on 1254, included the towns of Herrera and Cedillo.
Herrera thrived in the 18th century due to the river port established on the Tagus, which allowed the shipment of goods to England via Lisbon.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020

Flag of Herrera de Alcántara

The flag and arms of Herrera de Alcántara, adopted on 21 July 2009 by the Municipal Council and validated on 9 October 2002 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 5 February 2003 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 15 February 2003 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 20, pp. 2,063-2,064 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3. Vertically divided in the middle. At hoist, chequy white and azure 3 x 5, at fly, red.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Chequy of eight azure and seven argent, 3. Gules a tower or masoned sable port and windows azure. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020