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Lantadilla (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Lantadilla - Image by "Valdavia" (Wikimedia Commons), 27 February 2011

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Presentation of Lantadilla

The municipality of Lantadilla (371 inhabitants in 2009; 2,895 inhabitants; history website) is located in the east of Palencia Province, on the border with Burgos Province, here river Pisuerga, 50 km from Palencia.

Lantadilla is named after the Romance word plantada, "a plantation". The Romans must have already grown cereals there, for instance in the villae of Las Quintanas and La Sotilla. There were originally two villages, known as Planctata / Llantada and Plantadella / Llantadiella. In 1037, King of Castile Ferdinand I set up his camp in Lantada, preparing the Battle of Támaron, 18 June 1037, in which he would defeat and kill King of León Vermudo III.
The Lantada Council (1065), the first celebrated in the Palencia Diocese, discussed the maintain of the Mozarabic ritual within the Castilian-Leonese Catholic church; later councils held in the diocese eventually adopted the Roman ritual. On 19 July 1068, the Battle of Lantada opposed two brothers, the King of Castile, Sancho II, and the King of León Alfonso VI, who struggled for the succession of Ferdinand I. The village of Lantada was destroyed and the surviving villagers fled the battlefield, according to the local tradition through underground passages, still to be found, to the smaller village of Lantadilla, which became the main settlement of the area. The battlefield is the today's site of the chapel of the Lantada Virgin. According to the Codex Calixtinus, the first St. James pilgrim's "guidebook" (12th century), Sancho II celebrated his victory by building the 11-arched Fitero bridge.

Ivan Sache, 27 February 2011

Symbols of Lantadilla

The flag and arms of Lantadilla are prescribed by a Decree adopted, unanimously, on 26 July 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 27 July 2001 by the Mayor, and published on 9 August 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 155, p. 12,181 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: With proportions 1:1, with horizontal stripes crimson and blue. In the middle is placed the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Of Spanish shape. Azure three wheat garbs of six spikes or 2 + 1 a canton with the royal quartered arms of Castilla y León. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The azure field represents river Pisuerga watering the cereal crops, represented by the wheat spikes. The arms of Castilla y León symbolizes the Battle of Lantada.

These arms superseded an older, probably unofficial, municipal coat of arms, "Per fess, 1a. Gules a tower argent, 1b. Or a tree vert surrounded by four bezants gules, 2. Argent two wolves sable per fess."

Ivan Sache, 27 February 2011