Last modified: 2014-12-27 by ivan sache
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The municipality of Santo Tomé de Zabarcos (100 inhabitants in 2006; 800 ha; municipal website) is located 30 km northwest of Ávila Province. The population of the village remained relatively steady (around 300-350) until 1960 and then dramatically decreased.
Zabarcos (also written Azubercas) is a medieval anthroponym. The accounts of the Bishopric of Ávila from the 13th century mention "Santo Thomé de Ezevarcos" in the Land of Ávila. However, there is no evidence that the today's municipality is located on the same site as the original village was.
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2009
The flag and arms (image) of Santo Tomé de Zabarcos are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 2 June 2005 by the Municipal Council, signed on 22 June 2005 by the Mayor, and published on 19 July 2005 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 139, p. 12,798 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:
Flag: Flag with proportions 2:3, tierced at hoist. At fly, compony red (or gules) and white (or argent), the red parts charged with a yellow (or or) tower; at hoist, green (or vert) three spikes or two per saltire and the central one per pale.
Coat of arms: Shield of Spanish shape. Vert, three spikes or two per saltire and the central one in pale a border compony gules a tower or and argent. The shield surmounted by the Royal Spanish crown.
The symbols were designed by Pr. Félix Martínez, from the Valladolid University, under the patronage of Institución Gran Duque de Alba. The historical study revealed that Santo Tomé de Zabarcos never used a coat of arms. The spikes represent agriculture, especially wheat growing. The green background represents the fields surrounding the municipality. The border uses the colors of Castilla y León and of Ávila, recalling also the use of white tiles in the Mudéjar art (Diario de Ávila, 8 May 2006).
Ivan Sache, 14 December 2010