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Santibáñez de la Sierra (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Santibáñez de la Sierra - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 February 2014

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Presentation of Santibáñez de la Sierra

The municipality of Santibáñez de la Sierra (211 inhabitants in 2012; 1,361 ha) is located in the southeast of Salamanca Province, 70 km from Salamanca. The municipality is made of the villages of Santibáñez de la Sierra (capital, 183 inh.), Santa María de los Llanos (23 inh.), Puentes de Alagón (7 inh.) and Casillas de las Erías (deserted).

Ivan Sache, 26 February 2014

Symbols of Santibáñez de la Sierra

The flag and arms of Santibáñez de la Sierra are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 19 June 2013 by the Municipal Council, signed on 13 August 2013 by the Mayor, and published on 8 October 2013 in the official gazette of Salamanca Province, No. 194, p. 35 (text). The symbols were validated on 7 June 2013 by the Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León.
The symbols are not described in the Decree.

The symbols were officially unveiled on 17 August 2013, in the presence of the Chronicler of Arms of Castilla y León (Cuaderno de Entresierras, 8 September 2013). The memoir supporting the proposed symbols was written by Francisco Aguadero Fernández, while the symbols were designed by Samuel Hernández Panchuelo.

The flag is green with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
The coat of arms is "Quarterly, 1. Argent a stone of the same, 2. Azure two staffs argent per saltire surrounded dexter and sinister by two jugs of the same, 3. Azure a three-arched bridge or over waves argent and azure, 4. Argent a basket proper with grapes purpure ensigned with three cherries gules leaved vert, a bordure gules four six-pointed stars argent in chief, base, dexter and sinister. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown closed".

The first quarter represents an engraved stone from the Visigothic period, found near the village in the early 20th century. It is believed that the stone comes form the long disappeared St. John chapel, part of a monastery founded in 583; the monastery is probably at the origin of the village, "Santibáñez" coming from Latin Sanctus Joannis (Saint John).
The second quarter represents the palos dance (photo), the most prominent element of the village's identity, revived in the 1950s by the village's youth .
The third quarter represents the Roman medieval bridge over river Alagón (photo), located in Puentes de Alagón and linking the village with Garcibuey.
The fourth quarter represents the main crops in the municipality, grapes transported in a traditional basket, and cherries.

Ivan Sache, 26 February 2014