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Leganiel (Municipality, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

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Presentation of Leganiel

he municipality of Leganiel (193 inhabitants in 2014; 4,510 ha) is located in the north-west of the Province of Cuenca, on the border with the Province of Guadalajara, 100 km of Cuenca and 100 km of Madrid.
Leganiel was first documented on 21 March 1553, when granted the status of villa, separating from Huete. Previously, the village appeared to have been ruled by the Order of Calatrava.

Ivan Sache, 29 June 2019


Symbols of Leganiel

The flag of Leganiel is prescribed by an Order issued on 12 September 2008 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 3 October 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 204, p. 31,304 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, diagonally divided in three stripes from lower hoist to upper fly, the upper stripe, yellow, the central stripe, white, and the lower stripe, blue. Charged in the center with the crowned coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Leganiel is prescribed by an Order issued on 12 September 2008 by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and published on 3 October 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla-La Mancha, No. 204, pp. 31,304-31,305 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Rectangular shield divided in three quarters. 1. Gules a three-towered castle argent masoned sable port and windows azure two lions rampant or accosty, 2. Argent a passion cross vert with the five wounds represented by five drops of blood. 3. Azure three mounts ensigned with bushes of esparto or. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History rejected the proposed arms, which are claimed to be based on "the most evident historical facts" without further detail. The proposed design should be simplified and corrected. The quarter grafted in base, which features a realistic representation, is unnecessary. The charges of the first quarter are too small and disproportionate in comparison with those of the second quarter. The castle and the lions should be increased to fill in a balanced way the space of the quarter. There is no justification to the odd addition of the crown of the Prince of Asturias above the shield; the only acceptable crown is the Royal Spanish crown. The coat of arms could be modified as "Per pale, 1. Gules a castle argent port and windows azure two lions or accosty, 2. Argent a Latin cross vert surrounded by the five wounds gules. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown".
The Academy validated the proposed flag, provided the coat of arms is modified as suggested.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia 203:1, 121-122. 2006]

Ivan Sache, 29 June 2019