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Magaz de Pisuerga (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Magaz de Pisuerga - Image by "Valdavia" (Wikimedia Commons), 2 June 2011

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Presentation of Magaz de Pisuerga

The municipality of Magaz de Pisuerga (1,024 inhabitants in 2010; 2,784 ha; municipal website) is located 50 km from Palencia.

Magaz de Pisuerga is named either for a maga, that is, a witch, who lived on the top of the hill, or for the root magg, meaning "big". Therefore, Magaz was either the Witch's Village or the Big Village.
The caves of the hill were already inhabited in the Celtic and Roman times; the village developed around a watch tower built by the Moors in the 10th century. At the end of the 11th century, the reconquerred village, protected by a brand new fortress, was transferred by Queen Urraca to Pedro I, Bishop of Palencia. The St. Mam&ecute;s parish church was rebuilt at the end of the 16th century by the famous Palencian architect Juan de Celaya, who kept the apse of the primitive, Romanesque church built in the 12th century.

Ivan Sache, 2 June 2011

Symbols of Magaz de Pisuerga

The flag and arms of Magaz de Pisuerga are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 29 June 2006 by the Municipal Council, signed on 30 June 2006 by the Mayor, and published on 7 July 2006 in the official gazette of Castilla y León No. 131, p. 13,098 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, tierced at hoist, red (or gules) at fly with a white (or argent) castle, at hoist, white (or argent) with two yellow (or or) crosses flory.
Coat of arms: Shield in Spanish shape. Gules (red) over waves azure (blue) and argent (white) a castle argent (white) masoned sable (black) on rocks argent (white) cantonned in chief dexter and sinister with two crosses flory or (yellow). The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 2 June 2011