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Cuevas del Valle (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Cuevas del Valle

The municipality of Cuevas del Valle (537 inhabitants in 2010; 1,900 ha) is located in the south of the Province of Ávila, 70 km of Ávila. Licinio Prieto González has been Mayor of Cuevas del Valle since 1959, which is the national record for a mayor's tenure duration.

Ivan Sache, 8 May 2011

Symbols of Cuevas del Valle

The flag and arms of Cuevas del Valle 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 are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 1:2, crimson. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shape. Gules a chestnut proper fructed or fimbriated argent terraced vert surrounded dexter by a goat saltant argent horned sable sinister by an ewe saltant argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History recognized that the proposed coat of arms features the most salient sources of income for the municipality: a chestnut, a goat and a sheep. The display of the charges is adequate and compliant with the traditional models. However, the colours are not adequate: the green tree lacks contrast when placed on a red field. it is recommended to use a field or and to represent the animals proper. The amended coat of arms would be "Or a chestnut vert fructed of the first on a base of the second surrounded dexter by a goat proper and sinister by a sheep proper. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.
There is no objection to the adoption of the proposed flag.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1997, 194, 2: 401-402]

Ivan Sache, 15 March 2015