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Mayalde (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Mayalde - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 December 2010

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Presentation of Mayalde

The municipality of Mayalde (225 inhabitants in 2009; 4,371 ha) is located in the south of Zamora Province, on the border with Salamanca Province, 30 km from Zamora.

Ivan Sache, 26 December 2010

Symbols of Mayalde

The flag and arms of Mayalde are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 24 March 2003 by the Municipal Council, signed on 30 September 2003 by the Mayor, and published on 16 October 2003 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 201, p. 13,778 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of two vertical stripes, at hoist red, at fly white with three equal blue horizontal stripes.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a bishop's crozier argent ensigned with a mitre of the same, 2. Argent three fesses azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

According to the memoir supporting the proposal of municipal symbols, released in 1999, Mayalde never used proper arms. Since the oldest written sources on Mayalde, dating from the 13th century, mention the Bishop of Zamora as the village's lord, the first quarter of the arms are charged with a bishop's crozier and mitre; gules and argent are the colors of Castile and Leén. The second quarter recalls the importance of water in the municipality; in the proposal, the fesses were wavy, which seems to have been changed in the final version.
The flag was derived from the coat of arms, the bishop's symbols being dropped.

Ivan Sache, 26 December 2010