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Almaraz de Duero (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Almaraz de Duero

The municipality of Almaraz de Duero (418 inhabitants in 2010; 4,561 ha) is located 20 km from Zamora.
Almaraz de Duero is named for an Arabic word meaning "arable land" and river Duero. The village was resettled by King Ferdinand II of León and transferred to Martín, Bishop of Zamora, who granted a charter to the villagers.

Ivan Sache, 3 June 2011

Symbols of Almaraz de Duero

The flag and arms of Almaraz de Duero are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 2 December 2010 by the Municipal Council, signed on 19 January 2011 by the Mayor, and published on 7 February 2011 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 25, pp. 9,417-9418 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag or banner: Quadrangular flag, with proportions 1:1, with four horizontal stripes, from top to bottom, 1. Crimson red, 2. Vert, 3. White, and 4. Crimson red. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms, on the green and white stripes.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules seven Greek crosses argent placed 2, 2, 2, and 1, 2. White [Argent] three spikes or, grafted in base wavy argent and azure. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown open.

The first drafts of the symbols were released on 18 June 2009 by the Municipal Council. On 25 August 2009, Alfonso Cevallos-Escalera y Gila, Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León, recommended "not to adopt the proposed coat of arms until modified to match the heraldic use and Decree 105/1991 [on the municipal symbols in Castile and León]". The symbols were first approved on 3 December 2009; a new communication by the Chronicler of Arms, dated 30 March 2010, stated that "the symbols proposed by the municipality can be approved, provided the Royal crown open is replaced by a Spanish crown closed". The Municipal Council eventually approved the symbol on 2 December 2010, keeping the crown open (the Decree states that the Chronicler of Arms' recommendation is informative and not mandatory) (La Opinión de Zamora, 2 February 2011).

Ivan Sache, 3 June 2011