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Coslada (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

Last modified: 2016-05-16 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Coslada

The municipality of Coslada (88,847 inhabitants in 2014; 1,200 ha; unofficial website) is located 10 km south-east of Madrid. The municipality experienced a demographic boom in the last decades of the 20th century, its population increasing from 13,437 inhabitants in 1970 to 77,884 in 2001.

Coslada is probably of Roman origin, meaning "a stony place". The settlement developed in the 6th century, after the establishment of the Court of Toledo. Philip II's Relaciones Topográficas consider Coslada as of Moorish origin. After the reconquest of Alcalá de Henares from the Moors, King Alfonso VII granted the land to Bernardo, Archbishop of Toledo. Coslada was located on the main road connecting Madrid and Toledo; the inn of the Viveros bridge is mentioned in Quevedo's El Buscón.

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2015

Symbols of Coslada

The flag (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) of Coslada is horizontally divided red-green with the coat of arms in the middle. The flag does not seem to have been officially approved.

The coat of arms of Coslada is prescribed by Decree No. 1,840, adopted on 17 July 1968 by the Spanish Government and published on 1 August 1968 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 184, pp. 11,369-11,370 (text).
The "rehabilitated" coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Argent a lion rampant gules surrounded by a civic crown vert fructed or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown.

Ivan Sache, 6 July 2015