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Reinoso de Cerrato (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Reinoso de Cerrato - Image by Ivan Sache, 21 February 2014

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Presentation of Reinoso de Cerrato

The municipality of Reinoso de Cerrato (59 inhabitants in 2009; 2,313 ha) is located 15 km from Palencia.
Reinoso was mentioned for the first time, as Rinoso, in a donation made by King Ferdinand I in 1059. The name of the village probably comes from the Latin word rana, "a frog", therefore meaning "a place crowded with frogs".

Ivan Sache, 21 November 2010

Symbols of Reinoso de Cerrato

The flag (original drawing; photo, photo, photo) and arms (original drawing) of Reinoso de Cerrato are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 29 August 2008 by the Municipal Council, signed on 16 September 2008 by the Mayor, and published on 25 September 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 186, pp. 18,980-18,981 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Flag with proportions 2:3, tierced at hoist. The fly part red with, in the middle, the municipal coat of arms in full colors, surmounted by the Royal Spanish crown. The hoist part divided in three parts, the central one sable (black) charged with an eight-pointed cross argent (white), the upper and the lower ones argent (white) charged with a cauldron sable (black).
Coat of arms: Shield of Spanish shape, or three reeds vert over waves azure and argent. The chief divided in three parts, the central sable a Maltese Cross argent, the cantons argent a cauldron sable. The shield surmounted by the Royal Spanish crown.

The symbols were designed by Faustino Narganes Quijano (University of Valladolid), author of the book Reinoso de Cerrato. Una gran historia de un pequeño pueblo (Reinoso de Cerrato. The big history of a small village).
The symbols - including the flag in the cloth - were presented on 11 December 2009 to the public; the video footage of the presentation explains (starting at 8:00) that the cauldrons come form the arms of the Dukes of Lara, once lords of the village; the reeds and waves recall the etymology of the village's name. The Maltese Cross, seemingly not evoked during the presentation of the arms, recalls that the Order of St. John once owned land in Reinoso de Cerrato.

Ivan Sache, 21 February 2014