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Chamartín (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Chamartín - Image by Ivan Sache, 30 March 2011

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Presentation of Chamartín

The municipality of Chamartín (93 inhabitants in 2010; 1,500 ha; unofficial page) is located in the center of Ávila Province, 25 km of Ávila.

Chamartín is famous for the pre-Roman citadel (castro) and necropolis of Mesa de la Miranda, excavated in the 1930s by the archeologist Juan Cabré (1882-1947). Located on the top of a hill, the camp is made of three parts surrounded by a stone wall of 2,832 m in length and 5 m in average width. The citadel was settled in the 4th-3rd centuries BC by the Vettones, a Celtic cattle-herder people; the Vettones are also known as the Culture of the Verracos, referring to the verracos de piedras (lit. "stone boars"), granite sculptures representing pigs, boars, wild boars and bulls found in several sites. The verraco de piedra excavated in Mesa de la Miranda by Juan Cabré has been relocated on the Chamartín village square.

Ivan Sache, 30 March 2011

Symbols of Chamartín

The flag and arms of Chamartín are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 18 January 2002 by the Municipal Council, signed on 23 January 2002 by the Mayor, and published on 20 February 2002 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 36, pp. 2,558-2,559 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 1:2, gules or red with the municipal coat of arms in full colors in the middle.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shape. Azure a bull or boar argent standing on rocks or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The symbols were officially unveiled on 3 October 2003. The rocks represent the Sierra de Ávila and, most probably, the wall of the Mesa de la Miranda citadel, while the bull is the local verraco de piedra. On the photos of the flag hoisted on the balcony and in the meeting hall of the town hall, the flag appears with a dark red background - at least much darker than on the companion flags of Spain and Castilla y León (unofficial website, photos no longer available).

Ivan Sache, 30 March 2011