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Flag of Las Rozas de Madrid - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 July 2015
The municipality of Las Rozas de Madrid (92,784 inhabitants in 2014; 5,914 ha) is located west of Madrid.
Las Rozas was located on the road connecting Segovia to Titulcia. The name of the town indicates that it was founded by farmers and not shepherds, a roza being a piece of land cultivated for the first time. The town probably boomed in the 16th century, when the capital of the kingdom was transferred to Madrid and when the monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was erected.
In the 1960s, the producer Samuel Bronston (1908-1994) founded in Las Matas the most important cinema studios in Europe. Planned to be the biggest in the world, the studios got bankrupted in 1964, following commercial disasters, especially 55 Days of Peking (1963), for which an artificial river supplied in water by tank trucks was erected.
Los Rozas is the seat of the Royal Spanish Football Federation and of the City of Football, used by the national team as its base camp.
Ivan Sache, 23 July 2015
The flag of Las Rozas de Madrid (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is vertically divided blue-white with a yellow stripe and a red stripe at fly and the municipal coat of arms in the center.
The symbols were expected to be approved on 29 June 2010 by the Municipal Council, correcting the previously proposed symbols. The coat of arms used until then, based on the old arms of the town of Madrid, was approved on 6 July 1992 by the Municipal Council. Slight corrections were suggested on 12 May 1993 by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage of the Community of Madrid. Since then, modifications have been suggested either by the municipality or the Directorate, postponing the definitive approbation of the arms.
The definitive proposal of arms was presented on 22 June 2010, after consultation of different entities, the Royal Academy of History included. The amended coat of arms has the laurel branches, cartouche and ornaments removed. A first quarter features a stork, a second quarter features a holly oak eradicated, and a third quarter features a rising sun over waves argent and azure. The shield is surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.
The stork represents María the Stork, once the mascot of the town. In the 1970s, the injured stork landed in Las Rozas; eventually healed by an inhabitant of the town, the bird never left the place again.
Whatever happened on 29 June 2010, the flags in subsequent use still bear the old coat of arms.
Ivan Sache, 23 July 2015