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Itero del Castillo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Itero del Castillo - Image from the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 4 February 2014

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Presentation of Itero del Castillo

The municipality of Itero del Castillo (99 inhabitants in 2010; 1,691 ha; municipal website) is located on the border with the Province of Palencia (here, river Pisuerga), 60 km of Burgos.

Itero del Castillo, separated from Itero de la Vega (Palencia) by river Pisuerga, is the last village on the Way of St. James in the Province of Burgos. The village was in the past on the western border of the early County of Castile, listed, as "Fitro", in a poem by Fernán González. The post (hito) that marked the border with the Moorish states, and, subsequently, with the Kingdom of León, gave its name to the village. Itero was mentioned for the first time in 934, as Fitero del Castillo, when the Border's Count Fernán Armentález granted a charter to Melgar de Suso, owner of the village. In the 14th century, King John I confirmed the privileges granted to Hitero del Castillo; the subsequent monarchs, up to Philip V, confirmed the privileges.

Ivan Sache, 16 April 2011

Symbols of Itero del Castillo

The flag and arms of Itero del Castillo are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 10 September 1998 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 28 September 1998 by the President of the Government and published on 7 October 1998 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 193 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Castilian flag, with proportions 1:1, argent, grafted in chief or. All over is placed the coat of arms of Itero del Castillo.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Argent a tower gules masoned sable terraced vert, 2. Argent a three-arched bridge gules masoned sable over water waves azure and argent, grafted in chief or a bunch of grapes gules and a scallop of the same per fess. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The charges of the coat of arms recall the most significant buildings of the village: the castle watching the border and the bridge over river Pisuerga. The grapes recall wine-growing while the scallop symbolizes the Way of St. James.

Ivan Sache, 16 April 2011