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Barbolla (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Barbolla - Image by "Asqueladd" (Wikimedia Commons), 9 January 2014

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Presentation of Barbolla

The municipality of Barbolla (214 inhabitants in 2012; 2,613 ha; unofficial webpage) is located in the north of the Segovia Province, 70 km from Segovia. The municipality is made of the villages of Barbolla, El Olmo (34 inh.), Corralejo (deserted) and Villarejo (deserted).

Barbolla was mentioned for the first time in 1247, as Barvolla. The village is named for the old Castilian word borbollar (modern form, burbujear, "to foam"), referring to a foaming source found in the neighbourhood by the early re-settlers. Barbolla then belonged to the Community of the Town and Land of Sepúlveda.
El Olmo ("The Elm") was known in the middle of the 13th century as Sancta Maria del Olmo. The skeleton of a dead elm killed by graphiosis, located close to the Romanesque church, recalls the etymology of the place.

Ivan Sache, 9 January 2014

Symbols of Barbolla

The flag and arms of Barbolla are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 January 1998 by the Municipal Council, signed on 13 March 2000 by the Mayor, and published on 31 March 2000 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 64, p. 3,787 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, in proportions 1:1, yellow with a blue wavy horizontal stripe and the municipal coat of arms, in full colours, in the middle.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Or a stone fountain delivering abundant water, 2. Gules a castle or masoned sable port and windows azure surrounded by two keys argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 9 January 2014