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Antigüedad (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Antigüedad - Image by "Valdavia" (Wikimedia Commons), 7 January 2014

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Presentation of Antigüedad

The municipality of Antigüedad (aka Antigüedad de Cerrato; 404 inhabitants in 2012; 6,283 ha; unofficial page) is located in the southeast of the Palencia Province, 40 km from Palencia.

Antigüedad, already settled by the Celtiberians, the Romans and the Visigoths, was transferred in 1054 by Countess Mamadona to the monastery of San Pedro de Arlanza, as Antiquitate. Fernín García subsequently offered the village in 1119 to his wife Estefanía Armengol, together with the place called Garson, famous for its fountain, chapel and a popular pilgrimage.

In December 1507, a soldier member of the funerary cortege of King Philip I, led by Queen Joanna the Mad from Burgos to Granada, broke his wrist in Antigüedad. The event is commemorated by a stone cross. During the first stage of the Tour of Castilla y León 2009, ran on 23 March between Paredes de Nava and Baltanás, the American cyclist Lance Armstrong fell down in Antigüedad, breaking his right clavicule. The event caused a stir in the Provincial Assembly, the opposition asking the government to promptly repair the road shown in such a bad state to the whole world. The local youth association "Asociación Juvenil El Torreón", inaugurated in April 2009 a monument commemorating the fall (La clavicula de Armstrong), made of a blue bike (inauguration video).
Antigüedadd has also a more serious monument dedicated to the pioneers of Spanish aviation. Inaugurated in May 2007, the monument (photo) features a Phantom RF-4C airplane known as Titan 57, decommissioned from the Air Force in 2001. Antigüedad was selected as the seat of the monument as several men born in the village served in the Spanish Air Force. The two most famous of them are the brothers Martín Campo, who fought in the two opposed camps during the Civil War.

Antigüedad is the subject of various urban legend involving aliens or forgotten branches of mankind (blog). It is believed that Antigüedad is one of the 10 places in the world where a small group of human beings, dating back to Middle Ages or even earlier, live secretly. These people have reached a striking level of technological, spiritual and medical advance. The main chronicler of the village's legends is the the naturopath Jesús Torrellas, author of the trilogy Tierra de misterios (Land of Mysteries) dedicated to Antigüedad. Torrellas claims that the village "irradiates a special energy, a mysterious force able to heal diseases very quickly". Torrellas has "no doubt that the world was born in Antigüedad, the origin of life". Such a force exists only in Tibet and Easter Island. There is, of course, a strong local evidence of observations of weird vessels, sound and lights, "confirmed over several generations by many villagers". Torrellas further argues that the "exceptional therapeutic potential" of Antigüedad is threatened by urbanization and by the building of a park of windmills.

Ivan Sache, 7 January 2014

Symbols of Antigüedad

The flag of Antigüedad (photo) is rectangular, quartered white-blue-green-white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
On the coat of arms, the waves represent the several fountains / sources located in Antigüedad, mostly used in the past to water sheep moving to summering pastures on the Burgos Royal Transhumance Road (Cañada Real Burgalesa).

Ivan Sache, 7 January 2011