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Piedralaves (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-17 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Piedralaves

The municipality of Piedralaves (2,194 inhabitants in 2010; 5,525 ha; unofficial website) is located in the southeast of Ávila Province, on the border with Toledo Province, 90 km of Ávila.
Camilo José Cela described the village in Judíos, Moros y Cristianos as "beautiful and tiny as a flower".

Piedralaves, according to Julio Casares, from the Royal Academy of Spanish Language, means in Arabic "on the foot of the mountain" (pie - alabe). Probably built around 710 under the Visigothic King Witiza on a site already settled by the Celtiberians, the village was threatened by the Moors in 800; they reached the banks of the gorge dividing the village in two parts, subsequently named for Nuño Cujo, a knight from Ávila. Piedralaves became a Muslim village of significance.
On 14 October 1393, Piedralaves seceded from the Ávila Council, being allocated a territory of c. 240 sq. km, rich in pastures and mounts used for timber and hunting (including bear hunting). On 23 May 1639, King Philip IV granted the title of villa to Piedralaves, which seceded from La Adrada. In 1781, the village had 260 parishioners and was granted a dedicated priest.

Ivan Sache, 24 May 2011

Symbols of Piedralaves

The flag of Piedralaves, adopted on 7 October 1986 by the Municipal Council and validated by the Royal Academy of History, is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 December 1990 by the Government of Castilla y León and published on 19 December 1990 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 244 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, vertically divided yellow, crimson and blue. The municipal coat of arms [image] can be placed in the middle of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 24 May 2011