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Fuentemolinos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Fuentemolinos - Image from the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 24 January 2014

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Presentation of Fuentemolinos

The municipality of Fuentemolinos (107 inhabitants in 2010; 1,281 ha; municipal website) is located in the south of the Province of Burgos 100 km of Burgos.

Fuentemolinos is named for a fountain (fuente) powering mills (molinos). Water supply has been a matter of concern in the village for ages, especially during drought periods. In 1718, the good parish priest, convinced that the fountain had dried up because of the villagers' (including himself) sins, commissioned the Dominican monks of Aranda de Duero to solve the problem; the visit of the monks in the village "caused" the return of water. Another parish priest, Lucas Fernández de Pinedo, following the droughts experienced in 1745 and 1749, checked the fountain's pipes with a lamp, discovering that the pipes were fouled up; he also planned to blow up partially the rock from which the water emerges to increase the flow. Whatever he might have done, the water flow was so high in the 19th century that the fountain powered a mill wheel. At the time, hemp was also a significant production in the village.

Ivan Sache, 28 March 2011

Symbols of Fuentemolinos

The flag and arms of Fuentemolinos are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 October 1999 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 17 November 1999 by the President of the Government, and published on 29 November 1999 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 230, p. 11,587 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag. Four colors arranged horizontally. First (0.15), gules or red; second (0.35), or or yellow; third (0.35), argent or white; and fourth (0.15) blue. In the middle of the yellow stripe is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Gules the castle of Castile, or masoned sable port and windows azure, surrounded with a wheat spike or and a bunch of grapes of the same, or representing their high quality, 2. Azure (sky and water) a rock argent and waves representing fountain waters ensigned with a mill argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History did not accept the inclusion of the arms of the kings of Castile on a modern coat of arms just because the municipality is located in Castile. The easiest solution would be to change the color of the first quarter to avoid confusion with the arms of Castile. The academy did not like either the specific landscape elements used in the second quarter, recommending to adjust them to heraldic models (Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2001, 198, 3: 561).

Ivan Sache, 28 March 2011