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Yecla de Yeltes (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-03 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Yecla de Yeltes

The municipality of Yecla de Yeltes (305 inhabitants in 2009; 5,719 h) is located in the center-north of Salamanca Province, 80 km of Salamanca.

The citadel of Yecla de Yeltes (presentation) was first settled in the Second Age of Iron (5th century BC) by the Vettones, a Hispano-Celtic tribe. They were succeeded by the Celtiberians (3rd century BC) and the Romans (1st century AD). Funerary steles were found there, several of them being reused for decoration in the village's houses. The citadel declined in the Visigothic period and was definitively abandoned at the end of the 12th century, when its inhabitants moved down to the today's site of Yecla de Yeltes. The chapel of the Castle's Virgin was subsequently built inside the citadel.
The citadel (5 ha) was completely surrounded by a big wall, still there, made of granitic stones, of more than 1 km in length, 7 m in height and 6 m in width.

Ivan Sache, 4 December 2010

Symbols of Yecla de Yeltes

The flag and arms of Yecla de Yeltes, designed by Pablo Oliván, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 3 March 2006 by the Municipal Council, signed on 30 March 2006 by the Mayor, and published on 10 April 2006 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 71, pp. 6,487-6,488 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 2:3, light blue, in the middle the municipal coat of arms of Yecla de Yeltes.
Coat of arms: 1. A hunting scene taken from a stone of the citadel of Yecla de Yeltes, 2. The pre-Roman local citadel, 3. The "Seven Arches" bridge over river Yeltes.

Ivan Sache, 4 December 2010