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Sora (Boyaca, Colombia)

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Sora is a municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the the subregion of the Central Boyacá Province. It was founded on 12 August 1556.
The flag of Sora is horizontally divided yellow-white-green and charged with the coat of arms.
Source: municipal web site.
Dov Gutterman, 10 September 2008

Translated from municipal web site:
"The municipal flag is made of three horizontal stripes of the same size forming a rectangle. The colours of the flag are, from top to bottom:
- Yellow, representing the resources provided by the land of Sora, not only economically speaking, but also including the reousrce and potential of the villagers;
- White, representing peace, harmony and tranquillity enjoyed by the community of Sora, which is noble, pacific, kind and acts entirely without malicious intent;
- Green, representing hope in progress and a promising future, and also representing the fertility of the soils, which, in spite of being topographically arid, are an important source of income for the regional and national economy, through agriculture."
"The coat of arms of the municipality of Sora is inscribed in a yellow "crown" of colonial kind - Spanish, genuine or modelled on the designs used in the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries in the New Kingdom of Granada.
The shield surmonts a yellow horizontal scroll inscribed with "MUNICIPIO DE SORA" and the date at which the village was upgraded to this category [this would be "15 JULIO 1976", 15 July 1976, but this is not shown on the picture of the coat of arms]. The shield is of oval shape, horizontally divided into three fields called "allusions" and containing elements representative of the place. The upper field contains eight white stars placed in a semicircular pattern on a blue sky, three hills or mountains of triangular shape, one in the background and the two lateral ones in the foreground; in the lower part of the field is a valley or piece of green colours with a few ridges shown in perspective and two blue brooks flowing from the upper part of the hills.
The stars are an allegory of the eight hamlets ['veredas': Caitoque y Salitre, Casablanca, Chicacaneca, Chuscal y Gavilán, Llano, Piedra Gorda, Pita y Chone and Quebrada Honda] that form the rural and central parts of the municipality. The three hills represent a branch of the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, where the place is located, while the valley represents the most fertile section of the municipality.
The two brooks represent the only two water courses that surround and limit the centralpart of the village.
The central field contains, on a white background, two hands shaken in a gesture of union and cordiality; one hand has a red sleeve while the other has a blue sleeve, and they surmont two branches of laurel. The handshake gesture represents the cordiality among the villagers, and the two colours, blue and red, represent the union and strength that have triggered the two traditional parties to unite their forces for the development of the village; the hands are surmonting laurels, representing the triumphs that the union of the proselyt forces has achieved for the wellfare of the municipality and its inhabitants without political differences.
The lower field shows the parish church, this element being of main significance as the mots important image of the culture and religious values of the municipality. The coat of arms, designed by Jaime Hernando Prieto, was adopted by Municipal Decree No 018 in 1993."
On the flag, the coat of arms is inscribed in a white oval outlined in black, slightly and transparently overlapping the green and yellow stripes.
Ivan Sache, 23 September 2008

Coat of Arms

image from municipal web site