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Villahán (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Villahán

The municipality of Villahán (108 inhabitants in 2016; 3,266 ha; municipal website) is located 45 km south-east of Palencia, on the border with the Province of Burgos.
Villahán means Fanius' estate. After the reconquest of the area by Alfonso III, the place was resettled, as Villa Fan, and protected by a castle and fortifications. Villahán was listed in the 10th century as part of the alfoz (group of villages) of Palenzuela; the next century, the village, known as Vaillafan, counted a monastery.
Famous lords of Villahán were Luis Osorio and Admiral Enríquez (1675). For long, the Duchess of Alba and the Count of Benavente claimed jurisdiction over Villah├ín, which was eventually granted to the Count of Benavente.

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2018


Symbols of Villahán

The flag and arms of Villahán, validated by the Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León, are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 30 November 2016 by the Municipal Council, signed on 31 May 2017 by the Mayor, and published on 3 July 2017 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 125, p. 26,678 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3, tierced at hoist [1:2] and outlined [with a border] at fly. In the center of the fly blue (or azure) panel, a yellow (or or) tower, with crenels, port and windows; outlined in red (or gules) charged with eight yellow (or or) towers, with crenels, port and windows, three in the upper part, three in the lower part and two at the extreme right of the fly. In the hoist third, green (or vert) a shield ending in a point with the arms of the Enríquez lineage (León - on a white (or argent) field, a lion rampant purpure langued and armed in red (or gules), manteled Castile (on a red (or gules) field a yellow (or or) castle with three dunjons, the central higher, with crenels, port and windows), placed parallel to the hoist, accosted with a white (or argent) sword pointing downward, surrounded in the upper and lower parts by two yellow (or or) crowns or coronets, with four florets, three of them visible, placed horizontally.
Coat of arms: In Spanish shape. Azure four heraldic mounts or charged with a tower or with crenels and port and windows an armed arm argent holding a sword argent pointing upwards; in the center of the chief the arms of the Enríquez of Castile lineage (León mantled Castile) surrounded right and left by two crowns with four florets or, three of them visible. A bordure gules charged with eight towers or with crenels and port and windows. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The symbols, designed by Félix Javier Martínez Llorente and Faustino Narganes Quijano, were unveiled on 15 July 2017.
[El Norte de Castilla, 29 July 2017]

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2018