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Santibáñez de Tera (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Santibáñez de Tera - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 April 2011

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Presentation of Santibáñez de Tera

The municipality of Santibáñez de Tera (4,879 inhabitants in 2010; 1,898 ha) is located in the north of the Province of Zamora, 70 km from Zamora. The municipality is made of the villages of Santibáñez de Tera (capital) and Sitrama de Tera (an independent municipality until 1970).

Ivan Sache, 28 April 2011

Symbols of Santibáñez de Tera

The flag and arms (unofficial website) of Santibáñez de Tera are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 27 September 1995 by the Zamora Provincial Government, signed on 27 December 1995 by the President of the Government, and published on 1 February 1996 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 23 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, red with a diagonal stripe, blue with a white border, running from the lower hoist to the upper fly.
Coat of arms: Gules a bend sinister azure fimbriated argent in chief an Agnus Dei argent over a Book of the Seven Seals of the same in base a bunch of grapes or. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The flag is, therefore, a simplified banner of the municipal arms, all the charges having been removed.
The blue stripe represents river Tera. The Agnus Dei symbolizes St. John (Santibáñez), the village's patron saint. The bunch of grapes represents the main source of income of the municipality.


Original flag proposal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 April 2011

The symbols were designed by Tomás Rodríguez Peñas (Memoria histórica heráldica sobre la adopción de escudo y bandera por el Ayuntamiento de Santibáñez de Tera, Zamora, document dated 21 September 1994). The original flag proposal had a yellow fimbriation (shown on the drawing and described in the companion text) instead of white in the adopted flag.
The Royal Academy of History noticed that the drawing and the description of the proposed flag include, probably erroneously, a yellow fimbriation, which should have been white to match the proposed coat of arms. The proposed flag is acceptable, whatever the colour of the fimbriation.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1997, 194, 1: 201]

Ivan Sache, 14 March 2015