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Ojos Albos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2018-03-18 by ivan sache
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Flag of Ojos Albos - Image by "Daarbos86", Wikimedia Commons, 12 September 2017

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Presentation of Ojos Albos

The municipality of Ojos Albos (67 inhabitants in 2016; 4,313 ha) is located 20 km east of Ávila.

Ivan Sache, 8 March 2018

Symbols of Ojos Albos

The flag and arms of Ojos Albos, supported by a memoir presented on 13 March 2017 by José María García-Oviedo y Tapia, are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 4 April 2017 by the Municipal Council, signed on 18 July 2017 by the Mayor, and published on 27 July 2017 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 143, pp. 31,150-31,151 (text).
The symbols are described as follows.

Flag: Divided in six horizontal stripes, white and blue, crossed by a green stripe running from the upper canton to the left lower hoist. Charged in the center with the municipality's coat of arms, in reduced size.
The white and blue stripes represent the two rivers watering the municipal territory. The green stripe represents the pastures and the Sierra de Ojos Albos.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1a. Gules the arms of the town of Ávila, 1b. Vert an anthropomorphic warrior gules, 2. Or a holly oak fructed proper. Grafted in base, Azure the Mingo Vela rock on waves azure and argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown.
The first quarter recalls that Ojos Albos was a lugar (inhabited place) depending on the jurisdiction of Ávila and represents a warrior's rock figure, featured on the Mingo Vela rock.
The second quarter features a holly oak fructed, as grown in the surroundings of Ojos Albos.
The grafted quarter features the Mingo Vela rock, a place with rock paintings, inscribed as Place of Touristic and Cultural Interest, over waves azure and argent, which represent the rivers watering the municipal territory, Val del Águila and Voltoya.

The Mingovela / Mingubela rock (1,340 m) dominates the confluence of river Voltoya and brook Valdelaguila. Rock paintings designed by different Prehistoric populations were found in a shelter located on the northern slope of the rock. Most of the paintings are anthropomorphic but some of them are also zoomorphic, featuring four-legged animals and other figures of hazardous interpretation. The use of different color shades (carmine, wine red, orange and purple) seems to indicate a succession of pictorial phases.
[Municipal website]

Ivan Sache, 8 March 2018