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Carbellino (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-17 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Carbellino

The municipality of Carbellino (222 inhabitants in 2009; 3,300 ha; municipal webpage) is located in the south of Zamora Province, 50 km from Zamora.

Carbellino seems to have emerged in the 12th century during the resettlement of the region. Some say that the colonists were Jews from northwestern Spain and Portugal (Carvalho was the most common Jewish name in the region). Other say that the name of the village comes from carballo, "an oak".
The Almendra man-made lake, the biggest in Spain (8,600 ha), is located on the municipal territory of Carbellino. Exploited for electricity by the Iberdrola company, the lake is, officially, not suitable (yet) for recreation and watersports, although fishing, canoeing and windsurfing are popular there.

Ivan Sache, 30 November 2010

Symbols of Carbellino

The flag and arms of Carbellino, designed by Vicente Tocino Letrado and Tomás Rodríguez Peñas, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 11 June 2006 by the Municipal Council, signed on 10 October 2006 by the Mayor, and published on 23 October 2006 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 204, p. 19,871 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of a white panel charged in the middle with a jug and a red square in each corner, of size 1/4th of the flag length.
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. Argent an oak eradicated vert, 2. Gules a clock tower argent, 3. Gules a jug argent, 4. Argent a Bubbles' Cross gules. Grafted in base wavy argent and azure [Crown not mentioned].

The Bubbles' Cross (Cruz de los Burbujos) is a local monument (photo).

Ivan Sache, 30 November 2010