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Villamandos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Villamandos - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 October 2010


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Presentation of Villamandos

The municipality of Villamandos (326 inhabitants in 2012; 1,623 ha; municipal website) is located in the south of León Province, 50 km of León. The municipality is made of the villages of Villamandos proper (322 inh.) and Villarrabines (94 inh.).

The name of the municipality indicated a Roman settlement (villa), probably inhabited by veterans of the 7th Legion. After the Muslim invasion, the region, totally deserted, was a buffer zone separating the Christian and Muslim territories. To prevent further progress northwards by his enemy Almanzor (938-1002), King of León Alfonso V the Noble (994-1028) decided to develop the region, granting in 1017 the Franchises of Leon (Fuero de León) and promoting resettlement of the deserted area. The village that developed around the site of the commanding structure (mandos) of the Christian army was named Villamandos.
Villamandos was incorporated into the County of Benavente, erected in 1164 by King of León Fernando II (1157-1188). Villarrabines, then known as Rabines, belonged to the County of Coyanza. The resettlement of the region was considered as achieved under King Sancho IV the Brave (1284-1295); Villamandos was then inhabited by 20-30 families. Later on, different feudal lords competed for the rule on Villamandos, the eventual winners being the Counts of Valencia de Don Juan.

Ivan Sache, 17 October 2010


Symbols of Villamandos

The flag and arms of Villamandos, designed by Laureano M. Rubio Pérez, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 23 September 2010 by the Municipal Council, signed on 30 September 2010 by the Mayor, and published on 11 October 2010 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 197, p. 76,723 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, in proportions 2:3, made of four horizontal stripes in respective proportions 1/2, 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 [2:1:1:1], the upper vert, the second and the lower gules, and the intermediate white, the first two stripes separated by a golden fimbriation.
Coat of arms: 1. Gules two sticks argent crossed per saltire cantoned with two masks of the same and two columns or, 2a. Vert a capital letter "V" or surmounted by two pennants gules, 2b. Argent a lion rampant purpure crowned langued and armed or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The flag was unveiled during the St. Blasius festival, held in early February 2010, therefore months before its official adoption (La Crónica de León, 4 February 2010).

Ivan Sache, 17 October 2010


 
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