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Santovenia del Esla (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-10 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Santovenia del Esla

The municipality of Santovenia del Esla (324 inhabitants in 2010; 3,296 ha) is located in the Zamora Province, 50 km from Zamora.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2011

Symbols of Santovenia del Esla

The flag and arms of Santovenia del Esla are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 April 1999 by the Zamora Provincial Government, signed on 17 May 1999 by the President of the Government, and published on 1 June 1999 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 103, p. 5,841 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of a white panel with a white diagonal stripe fimbriated blue charged with a red pilgrim's scallop, running from the upper hoist to the lower fly, in the upper fly three green spikes, in the lower hoist a black bear standing.
Coat of arms: Argent [a bend argent] fimbriated azure a scallop gules in chief three spikes vert in base a bear rampant sable. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History proposed to amend the description of the proposed arms, from "argent a bend argent fimbriated azure" to "argent two cotices azure per bend"; it seems that only "a bend argent" was removed, making the description in the Decree hardly understandable. The Academy approved the flag's proposal (Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2001, 198, 1: 179).

The flag is a banner of the arms. The central diagonal and the scallop symbolize the location of the village on the old Silver Way and on the Way of St. James, respectively. The blue stripes represent river Esla. The spikes represent cereal cultivation. The bear refers to a local legend that claims that Fabila, son of Pelayo, was killed in 729 by a bear in the place called Caces.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2011