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Puebla de Azaba (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-17 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Puebla de Azaba

The municipality of Puebla de Azaba (231 inhabitants in 2012; 2,598 ha) is located in the southwestern corner of Salamanca Province, 10 km from the border with Portugal and 120 km from Salamanca. The municipality is made of the villages of Puebla de Azaba and Castillejo de Azaba (48 inh.; incorporated on 3 December 1973 - at the time Puebla de Azaba had 549 inhabitants and Castillejo de Azaba, 187).

Puebla de Azaba and the neighbouring valley of Azaba were re-settled during the reigns of Ferdinand II and Alfonso IX, who granted cartas pueblas (village charters) to the new settlements. Here puebla is the archaic form of pueblo, "a village". The etymology of Azaba is more disputed. Some say it comes from an old Hebrew word, cognate with Yiddish asebh, "an illumination", while other say it comes from Arab alcazaba, "a fortress", as a reference to castles built in Alberguería and Castillejo.

Ivan Sache, 20 February 2014

Symbols of Puebla de Azaba

The flag and arms of Puebla de Azaba are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 20 March 2013 by the Municipal Council, signed on 1 April 2013 by the Mayor, and published on 7 May 2013 in the official gazette of Salamanca Province, No. 85, p. 33 (text).
The symbols are not described in the Decree.

The municipal website (no longer online) used to show the coat of arms as "Per pale, 1. Argent a tree eradicated proper, 2. Gules a funerary stele argent, grafted in base azure wavy argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown".
The stele must be the Roman funerary stele (2nd-3rd century), reused as the lintel of a house in the village.

Ivan Sache, 20 February 2014