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Collado de Contreras (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Collado de Contreras - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 May 2011

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Presentation of Collado de Contreras

The municipality of Collado de Contreras (215 inhabitants in 2010; 1,844 ha; unofficial website) is located in the north of the Province of Ávila, 50 km of Ávila.

Collado de Contreras, resettled during the first third of the 13th century, was built on a small hill named El Collado (lit., "the small hill"). The village, then known as Collado, belonged to the Ávila Council, being the 4th biggest tax provider of the 38 villages forming the Moreña region. In the 16th century, the village took its current name for the Contreras family, from Ávila, lords of Collado since Carlos de Contreras Pamo y Frías.

Ivan Sache, 7 May 2011

Symbols of Collado de Contreras

The flag and arms of Collado de Contreras are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 13 November 1995 by the Provincial Executive and published on 13 December 1995 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 237 (text).
The symbols, officially unveiled on 27 May 1996 in the parish church during the village's festival, are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of five horizontal stripes with proportions 1/4, 1/12, 1/3, 1/12 and 1/4, the outer stripes red, the intermediate stripes white and the central stripe green.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Vert a bunch of wheat spikes or, 1b. Argent a mound vert ensigned by the tower of the church of Our Lady of the Sorrows proper, 2. Argent a cross azure charged with three lilies argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History objected to the the realistic representation of a specific monument on the proposed coat of arms. There is a mismatch in the description, collina ("a hill", "a mound") being used instead of collado ("a slope"). It is further recommended to remove the unnecessary vegetal ornamentation, both to comply with good heraldic style and for the sake of good taste.
There is no objection to validate the proposed flag.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1997, 194, 2: 402]

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2015