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Sasamón (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Sasamón

The municipality of Sasamón (1,073 inhabitants in 2015; 11,311 ha; municipal website) is located 30 km north-west of Burgos.
The municipality is made of the villages of Castrillo (190 inh.), Citores del Páramo (40 inh.), Olmillos (138 inh.), Sasamón (479 hab.; capital), Villandiego (63 inh.), Villasidro (39 inh.), and Yudego (169 inh.).

Ivan Sache, 22 March 2015

Submunicipal entities

Citores del Páramo

The flag and arms of Citores del Páramo are prescribed by an Agreement approved on 19 July 2020 by the Village Council, signed on 14 February 2022 by the Mayor and published on 25 February 2022 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 39, p. 8,770 (text).
The symbols, which were validated by the Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León, are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, 1.5 longer than wide. White with a red St. Andrew's cross whose arms reach the panel's corners and are in width 1/5 the panel's width. In the panel's geometric center, the coat of arms, in width the half of the panel's width.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a staff or in pale two spikes of the same crossed in saltire and attached to the staff, 2. Azure a well argent adextered a woman of the same in base wavy argent and azure. A chief vert a Marian anagram argent surrounded by suns or. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The coat of arms features the village's well, built in 1831, and decorated by a statue designed by the artist Salaguti as a tribute to the agudoras, the women who got water from the well (photo).
Carlos Salazar Gutiérrez, aka Salaguti, is a self-taught artist born in 1944 in Sasamón. The artist built his museum-house on a hill located 3 km from the village's center.
[Condé Nast Traveler, 1 April 2019]

With his inspiration and plan set, he began to translate his ideas to the structure itself. On the exterior, Salaguti began by building a circular, castle-like building made out of concrete. Always with a focus on himself, he worked to sculpt a self-portrait right into the outer walls. As a great statue of Neptune, Salaguti’s portrait features a 13-foot high bearded face and two stoic eyes that seem to penetrate the landscape. Besides the bold relief on the outside of the building, the two-story art museum on the inside holds a place for Salaguti to work and many of his sculptures. He once lived in the museum building, but now lives in small, but unusual, house next door. Despite living alone on the outskirts of a small town, Salaguti welcomes visitors to his property, and the structure is hard to miss. It’s the only bubbling concrete building in the area, and it’s located prominently on a hillside.
[Atlas Obscura, 15 December 2011 ]

Ivan Sache, 9 April 2022


The flag and arms of Villasidro, approved on 21 August 2000 by the Village Council, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 December 2000 by the Government of the Province of Burgos, signed on 8 January 2001 by the President, and published on 26 January 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 19, p. 1,699 (text).
The symbols, which were validated by the Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León, are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, in proportions 1:1. On a golden field a blue bend of 20/100 in height. In the heart of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Or a cross patty gules in base a bunch of poppies gules and vert a grapevine fructed sable and vert. A chief azure a castle or a six-pointed star of the same a vase with three lilies argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 22 March 2015