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Autilla del Pino (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Autilla del Pino - Image by "Valdavia" (Wikimedia Commons), 6 December 2010

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Presentation of Autilla del Pino

The municipality of Autilla del Pino (240 inhabitants in 2009; 3,458 ha; municipal website) is located 10 km from Palencia.

Autillo del Pino was probably named from Latin name altam and suffix -elam, meaning together "a small height", "del Pino" referring to a rocky mountain. It has nothing to do with a tawny owl (autilla), nor with pines.
At the end of the 11th century, the place was known as Villa Ota or Villa Otiella, alluding to the upper village, located on a plateau 860 m asl and known as the Mirador of the Tierra de Campos. The village was once protected by walls, of which some gates have been preserved.

Ivan Sache, 4 December 2010

Symbols of Autilla del Pino

The flag and arms of Autillo del Pino are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 12 December 2005 by the Municipal Council, signed on 13 December 2005 by the Mayor, and published on 23 December 2005 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 246, p. 22,033 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag with proportions 1:1, gyronny of eight pieces, four white and four red. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Azure a fortified town or roofed gules, the gate charged with an escutcheon argent a pine vert fructed three pine cones or.

The fortified town recalls the strategic location of the village; the pine alludes to the spurious etymology of the village name.

Ivan Sache, 4 December 2010