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Fariza (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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

The municipality of Fariza (615 inhabitants in 2010; 9,045 ha; municipal website) is located in the south-west of Zamora Province, on the border with Portugal (here river Duero / Douro), 50 km from Zamora. The municipality is made of the villages of Fariza (capital; 185 inh.), Badilla (114 inh.), Cozcurrita (44 inh.), Mámoles (38 inh.), Palazuelo de Sayago (103 inh.), Tudera (62 inh.) and Zafara (69 inh.).

Fariza is a toponym of Arabic origin, meaning "the domain, the castle". Badilla is named for a ford (vado) heading to Miranda. Cozcurrita is another name of Arabic, obscure origin. Palazuelo is said to be named for a palace (palacio) once built in the place locally known as La Pisada del Moro (The Moor's Remains). Tudero is named either for tuera, "wood parts", or tutele, "a defence post". Zafara is yet another Arabic toponym meaning "the border, the limit".

Ivan Sache, 23 February 2011

Symbols of Fariza

The flag and arms of Fariza are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 1 June 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 8 June 2001 by the Mayor, and published on 19 June 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 118, p. 9,360 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, divided by a line, the upper part gold and the lower part blue.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure in chief a chapel argent three people clad two or and one sable raising two pennants white the third raising a pennant gules and vert, 2a. Or a bridge proper over waves argent and azure, 2b. Gules a menhir and a Roman stele proper [2b. and crown not mentioned].

The simplest, literal reading of the Decree gives the flag as horizontally divided yellow-blue. However, the flag (photo) appears to be divided yellow-blue by the descending diagonal [a possible reading of the Decree], with the municipal coat of arms in the middle [not mentioned in the Decree].
The Roman stele shown on the arms is today standing along the wall of the parish church.

Ivan Sache, 23 February 2011