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Mesas de Ibor (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Flag of Mesas de Ibor - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 March 2020

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Presentation of Mesas de Ibor

The municipality of Mesas de Ibor (162 inhabitants in 2019 vs. 1,024 in 1960; 4,875 ha; municipal website) is located 120 km north-est of Cáceres and 30 km south of Navalmoral de la Mata.

Mesas de Ibor is named for a plateau (mesa, meseta) located near river Ibor.
King Sancho IV transferred in the 13th century the village to the domain of Belvis de Monroy; Mesas de Ibor was soon granted the status of villa.
On 17 March 1809, the French troops commanded by Marshal Victor defeated the Spaniards commanded by General Del Parque during the battle of Mesas de Ibor.

Ivan Sache, 21 March 2020

Flag of Mesas de Ibor

The flag and arms of Mesas de Ibor, adopted on 15 May and 5 December 1995 and on 27 March 1996 by the Municipal Council and validated on 17 October 1995 and 16 February and 9 July 1996 by the Assessing Council of Honors and Distinctions of the Government of Extremadura, are prescribed by an Order issued on 17 July 1996 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 13 August 1996 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 94, pp. 4,298-4,299 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3. Composed of three equal horizontal stripes, the upper green, the central white and the lower purple.
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. Vert a bridge argent over waves azure and argent, 2. Argent a church sable masoned argent, 3. Argent a sheep bell sale, 4. Gules a pillory argent. A bordure or inscribed "SUMUS ET MANEAMUS". The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The coat of arms features:
- a bridge for the Veredas bridge, erected over river Ibor during the reign of Roman Emperor Trajan, moistly used during transhumance;
- the parish church deidcated to Abbot St. Benedict, erected in the 16th-17th centuries;
- a sheep bell recalling the transhumance road that crossed the village, heading to the Campillo pass;
- the pillory erected in the late 13th - early 14th century after the grant of the status of villa.
[Municipal website]

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020