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Meco (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Meco - Image by Ivan Sache, 14 July 2015

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Presentation of Meco

The municipality of Meco (13,133 inhabitants in 2014; 3,511 ha; tourism website) is located in the east of the Community of Madrid, on the border with Castlla-La Mancha (Province of Guadalajara), 10 km of Alcalá de Henares and 40 km of Madrid.

Meco, of probable Moorish origin, was part of the Community of the Town and Land of Alcalá de Henares, established after the reconquest of the Kingdom of Toledo. Íñigo López de Mendoza, 2nd Count of Tendilla and 1st Marquis of Mondéjar, obtained in 1487 from Pope Innocent VIII a Bull significantly relaxing the prescriptions of Lent fast for his vassals, soon famous as the Bull of Meco. In 1772, Clement XIV released a Brief regulating the right of asylum in the Archbishopric of Toledo, exclusively granted to the parish church of Meco. Erroneously considered as a Bull, the Brief is the origin of the pessimistic dictum No te salvará ni la Bula de Meco (Nothing will save you, not even the Bull of Meco).
[Presentation by José Carlos Canalda]

Ivan Sache, 14 July 2015

Symbols of Meco

The flag of Meco (photos) is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 26 September 1985 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 19 October 1985 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 249, p. 3 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Diagonally divided in the middle in two parts, the upper, gules (red) and the lower yellow. The staff topped with a metal piece with the crown of Spain The size of the cloth shall match a panel whose length is 3/2 the width. The central stripe, yellow, the lateral triangles, green. The municipal coat of arms is placed in the center of the flag.

The coat of arms of Meco is prescribed by Royal Decree No. 2,520, adopted on 12 August 1962 by the Spanish Government and published on 8 October 1982 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 241, p. 27,874 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Gules a sword argent hilted or surrounded by six bezants of the same in two pales. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The proposed symbols were approved by the Royal Academy of History.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1985, 182, 2: 373-374]

Ivan Sache, 14 July 2015