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Ribatejada (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Ribatejada - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 July 2015

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Presentation of Ribatejada

The municipality of Ribatejada (689 inhabitants in 2014; 3,182 ha; municipal website) is located in the east of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castilla-La Mancha (Province of Guadalajara).
Ribatejada might have been established by the Moors as a religious community (ribat) supporting the sacred war (jihad) against the advance of the Christian kingdoms in the valley of Jarama. After the Christian reconquest, the village was transferred to the Archbishop of Toledo in 1332 and granted the status of villa in 1578 by King Philip II.

Ivan Sache, 21 July 2015

Symbols of Ribatejada

The flag (photos) and arms of Ribatejada are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 21 October 1999 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 25 January 2000 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 20, pp. 19-20 (text), and on 2 March 2000 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 53, pp. 9,018 (text).
The symbols were originally approved on 27 September 1996 by the Municipal Council. The Heraldry Assessors and the Royal Academy of History rejected the proposed symbols and suggested modifications on 11 April 1997 and 9 February 1998, respectively, which were implemented on 29 December 1998 by the Municipal Council.
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3. Yellow panel charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Azure a church tower or masoned sable. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History turned down the next proposed arms. The first quarter features a specific representation of the tower of the Apostle St. Peter parish church [photo], while charges used in heraldry should be generic. The description of the arms does not match the attached drawing. The cross is not "flory". The word "counterchanged" has nothing to do with the image. The swords are not placed "per pale", there is no "lunel" [four crescents attached two by two by the points] placed in the center of the shield. There is no relevance in introducing in the shield a modern Count's coronet, since Ribatejada never belonged to the County of Sallent (erroneously written "Sallet") - the Count of Sallent was once lord of Ribatejada by a mere temporal coincidence.
This is more or less, a more detailed version of two early rejections of the proposed coat of arms by the Academy.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1998; 195:3, 527; 1999, 196:2, 347; 2001, 198:3, 566-567.]

Ivan Sache, 21 July 2015