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La Atalaya (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of La Atalaya - Image by Tomás Domínguez Cid, 5 March 2019

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Presentation of La Atalaya

The municipality of La Atalaya (113 inhabitants in 2018; 2,413 ha) is located 100 km south-west of Salamanca and 20 km south-east of Ciudad Rodrigo.

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2019

Symbols of La Atalaya

The flag and arms of La Atalaya are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 5 July 2018, signed on 30 October 2018 by the Mayor, and published on 21 November 2018 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 225, p. 45,583 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular, with three equal horizontal stripes, red, white and yellow, which are three of the colors of the fields of the coat of arms. In the center, the coat of arms over all the colors, in width 2/5 of the flag's width.
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. Gules a tower [atalaya] or port and windows azure on a mount proper, 2. Argent, a cork oak proper with part of the cork bark missing, 3. Or a bush of rockroses proper with two white flowers, 4. Azure a flax card proper.[Crown not mentioned]

The symbols are supported by a 56-page memoir redacted by Tomás Domínguez Cid.
The tower in the first quarter alludes to the name of the village.
The second quarter recalls cork extraction as a main source of income.
The third quarter represents the natural environment.
The carder represents the production of flax fibers, which were sold in Ciudad Rodrigo and elsewhere in the neighborhood.
[Noticiascyl Salamanca, 14 July 2018; Salamanca rtv al día, 15 July 2018]

Tomás Domínguez Cid (b. 1961; biography) is in charge of the Municipal Archives of Ciudad Rodrigo. He contributed several articles, radio programs and conferences on the town, especially its carnival and heraldry. In 1994, he co-authored with Ángel Olivera Miguel and Santiago Corchete Gonzalo the book Aproximación a la vida y obra de Fray Diego Tadeo González "Delio", the biography of an Augustinian friar and baroque poet (1733-1794) born in Ciudad Rodrigo.

Ivan Sache, 5 March 2019