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Bugedo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Bugedo - Image after the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 12 January 2014

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Presentation of Bugedo

The municipality of Bugedo (aka Bugedo de Campajares; 185 inhabitants in 2010; 993 ha; website) is located 75 km of Burgos.

Bugedo means "a place panted with box trees" (Spanish, boj; Latin, buxus); accordingly, the name of the village should be written Bujedo.
The Santa María de Bugedo de Candepajares monastery was founded in 1162 by the Norbertine order, close to a former Roman way and to the disputed border between Castile and Navarre. Sancha Díaz de Frías donated the monastery to the San Cristóbal de Ibeas de Juarros Norbertine monastery, which placed it under the direct protection of King Alfonso VIII. Accordingly, the monastery swiftly increased its possessions in Burgos, Álava and La Rioja. The Romanesque church built short after the foundation of the monastery is considered as one of the best examples of the Burgos Romanesque architecture. The monastery is ran today by the Lasallian Brothers (website), who refounded it in 1862.

Ivan Sache, 16 March 2011

Symbols of Bugedo

The flag and arms of Bugedo are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 11 March 1999 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 29 March 1999 by the President of the Government, and published on 12 April 1999 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 67, pp. 3,882-3,883 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Castilian flag, grafted in base argent, the rest of the flag gules. In the middle of the flag is placed a box tree vert with its roots.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Azure a monastery argent, 2. Argent a box tree vert with its roots, grafted in base gules a coin or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The flag (photo) has in base a white triangle reaching the center of the flag. Red and white are the colors of Castile. The box tree is both hard and flexible, like the inhabitants of Bugedo, which existed all over history, as symbolized by the ancient coin.

The Royal Academy of History accepted the proposed coat of arms, with a minor modification: the coin should be represented in a sketchy manner, without perspective and the figures that decorate it. The Academy slightly re-worded the blazon, to: "Per pale, 1. Azure a two- towered building argent representing a monastery, 2. Argent a bush of box tree eradicated vert. Grafted in base gules a bezant or. The shield surmounted with the Spanish Royal crown."
The proposed flag (not described) should also be modified. Were it to feature an heraldic charge - here the box tree -, this should be the main charge of the coat of arms, with identical colours and arrangement.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2000, 197, 2: 343]

Ivan Sache, 12 February 2015