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Villasila de Valdavia (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Villasila de Valdavia - Image by Ivan Sache, 7 March 2014

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Presentation of Villasila de Valdavia

The municipality of Villasila de Valdavia (73 inhabitants in 2012; 3,023 ha; municipal website) is located in the center of the Palencia Province, 75 km from Palencia. The municipality is made of the villages of Villasila and Villamelendro.

Villasilla was mentioned for the first time in a document by Alfonso VIII dated 1080, as Villam Silam / Villa Sila, from the Latin word villa, "an estate", and the Visigothic masculine anthroponym Cixila. Villamelendro was similarly named for the Visigothic masculine anthroponym Hermenegildus.
The two villages were granted a charter on 12 January 1120. In the middle of the 14th century, they belonged to the Order of Saint James. At the end of the 16th century, they counted together some 400 inhabitants, and still 368 in 1960.

Ivan Sache, 7 March 2014

Symbols of Villasila de Valdavia

The flag and arms of Villasilla de Valdavia are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 1 March 2004 by the Municipal Council, signed on 2 March 2004 by the Mayor, and published on 8 March 2004 in the official gazette of the Palencia Province, No. 29, p. 16 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3, tierced at hoist [1:2]. On the red (or, gules) panel at fly, two castles or (or, yellow), surmounted with a Duke's coronet or and argent. Tierced at hoist blue (or, azure).
Coat of arms: In Spanish shape. Gules two castles or port and windows azure ensigned with a Duke's coronet or on waves argent and azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 7 March 2014