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Velayos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Velayos - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 March 2014

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Presentation of Velayos

The municipality of Velayos (245 inhabitants in 2009; 2,045 ha; unofficial website) is located in the northeast of Ávila Province, 20 km of Ávila.

Ivan Sache, 24 February 2011

Symbols of Velayos

The symbols of Velayos (unofficial website), designed by Vicente Tocino Letrado, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 24 March 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 4 July 2001 by the Mayor, and published on 19 July 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 140, p. 11,053 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 2:3, made of two equal vertical stripes, at hoist red with a yellow tower, at fly checky 3 x 5 white and red.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a tower or masoned sable port and windows azure, 2. Argent a weaving loom gules. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The dexter part of the coat of arms (presentation), in the Castilian colors, shows a tower recalling the strategic location of Velayos and the numerous watching towers built in the neighborhood, such as the Sanchidrián tower. The sinister part, in the Castilian-Leonese colors, recalls that Velayos housed in the 16th century 75 weavers, representing 40% of the villagers. Of these weavers, also working as farmers and mostly, as merchants, none existed yet in the 19th century.

Ivan Sache, 3 March 2014