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San Justo de la Vega (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of San Justo de la Vega, left, as prescribed; right, as used - Images by Ivan Sache, 17 December 2010

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Presentation of San Justo de la Vega

The municipality of San Justo de la Vega (2,079 inhabitants in 2009; 4,839 ha) is located in the south center of León Province, 45 km of León. The municipality is made of the villages of Celada de la Vega, Nistal de la Vega, San Justo de la Vega (capital) and San Román de la Vega.

Ivan Sache, 17 December 2010

Symbols of San Justo de la Vega

The flag and arms of San Justo de la Vega (presentation) are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 27 January 2005 by the Municipal Council, signed on 31 March 2005 by the Mayor, and published on 19 April 2005 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 74, p. 6,737 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Flag with proportions 2:3, made of five horizontal stripes with proportions 1:6, 1:6, 1:3, 1:6 and 1:6, the outer stripes green, the intermediate stripes yellow, and the central stripe red.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Azure a calvary argent, 1b. Gules a pale vert fimbriated or, 2. Purpure a sarcophagus argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The symbols were unveiled on 7 April 2006 (Diario de León, article). The flag has the red stripe as high as the yellow and green ones, not twice higher as legally prescribed.
The flag uses the colors of the second quarter of the arms.

The first quarter of the arms represents the calvary located near the village on the Way of St. James, symbolized by the blue field. On the first Saturday following the Resurrection Day is celebrated a pilgrimage dedicated to St. Toribio, the patron saint of the neighboring town of Astorga and bishop of that town in the 4th century. Images of St. Toribio and of the Virgin of the Rosary are carried in a procession heading to the calvary, which was built on the site of a chapel dedicated to St. Toribio.
The second quarter is a symbolic representation of the resources of the village, green for the plain (vega), red for blood, sweat and tears shed by farmers and cattle breeders to maintain a green plain, and yellow for the best of the village, its people and the products of their work.
The third quarter is purpure, a typical color in León heraldry. It is charged with an image of the paleochristian sarcophagus (dated 305-312) found in the hamlet of Sámbanos, and kept in the Madrid Archeological Museum (description). Made of white marble, the sarcophagus is decorated with Biblical scenes, such as the Raising of Lazarus, the Arrest of Peter, the Miraculous Source, Adam and Eve in Paradise, the Feeding of the Multitude and the Sacrifice of Abraham. Transferred to the cathedral of Astorga, the sarcophagus was used as the tomb of King Alfonso III until 1869. Argent used for the calvary and the sarcophagus recalls that the village was located on the famous Silver Road.

Ivan Sache, 17 December 2010